Job 13: A Strong Base of Faith
In Job 13, I like the way that Job was ready and able to see beyond his current circumstances. Obviously, he was not thrilled with everything that was going on, but he still recognized God’s authority.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
Basically, he is arguing that even if God was to kill him, he would still trust in Him. He would still live his life as a follower of God, and he would still believe that God would be his salvation.
It is amazing that he was willing to put God over his entire life. I mean life as opposed to death in this context. We always say that we are willing to give up whatever it takes to follow God, but Job is essentially saying that he would follow until death. We all should be that way, but we also need to realize that that is a major commitment.
This is a guy who has lost everything and is an immense physical pain thanks to all of the torment that Satan was putting him through. His faith must have been incredibly strong. These circumstances would rattle many people, and I do think that Job was rattled on some level. It was not that he ever doubted that God existed, but he had no idea why God did what He did.
Nevertheless, Job was willing to persevere and after all of this say that he would continue following God no matter what.
I hope that we can take a lesson from this. No matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, it is important to make sure that we have that strong base of faith. We might wonder, and we might question, but, as Christians, we need to make sure that our faith is grounded. We need to be grounded in the truth of God rather than in how happy we feel about our current situations.