Even If

Think of the worst thing that has ever happened to you; now imagine it happened again only worse, like 100 times as bad. Would something like that cause you to lose hope in God?

Read: Job 13, 14; Luke 4, 5

One Word

Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before him. (Job 13:15-16)

Big Idea

Trouble comes to us all, but when it does will we lose all hope? Even in the face of death itself should we despair believing all is lost?

Job’s troubles have multiplied more than all those I have faced combined. Much of his wealth was stolen or destroyed. His children and many of his servants have been killed. Tragedy is not a strong enough word to describe what has happened to him. Yet in light of all his suffering and turmoil Job can say, “Whatever may happen to me, even if God takes my life, I will not despair, but continue to hope in God.”

How many of us have felt like throwing in the proverbial towel for less? I’ve never considered suicide. I can’t imagine the depth of despair that someone must feel to lose all hope and take their life. Even when I have been the most broken and felt like giving up, somewhere hope has rekindled within me; not a vain wish or dream, but an absolute assurance that God will not fail me even in the midst of hardship.

God is our salvation. Even if we are not delivered from the difficulties we face, these things are only temporary. Our salvation goes beyond the stuff of life – the good an the bad. Our salvation even reaches beyond death itself. Our salvation is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD.

Job stood on the other side of the cross; the hope in Jesus Christ as Savior and LORD was still to come. Nevertheless, Job’s confidence in God’s salvation is just as strong as mine, and perhaps sometimes his might even have been stronger than mine.

You see Job’s conscience is clear; he bears no guilt or shame for how he has lived. Thus he is confident of his standing before the LORD. Job knows that God will not number him among the wicked, so he has absolute hope of salvation, to be one of the righteous who will come before the LORD.

Sometimes my conscience is not clear; my guilt is before me. In these times hardship may be the LORD’s discipline to reawaken my faith (see Heb. 12:5-6). I’m thankful that in those times I can turn to God and repent of my sin confident or should I say full of hope that the LORD will forgive me.

And then there are those time when the enemy dumps shame into my lap and I feel separated from God. But even then my hope is renewed and faith assures me of the unfailing love of Jesus for me.

You see at the end of the day I guess we all just need to be a little more like Job. We don’t live according to our feelings. Job felt the overwhelming sorrow and grief for all he had endured. But rather than live according to his feelings, Job lived out what He knew to be true about the LORD by faith. God had always been, and regardless of what may happen the LORD will always remain his salvation.

Yes, even if God should slay me, I will hope in Him.

Exemplify

No matter what trouble life may bring, I rest in an unwavering hope of God’s salvation. Yet perhaps the best way for me to show this hope is not to keep it to myself, but to share it with others in their time of despair.

Yes to Yield

LORD Jesus, I thank You for Your salvation, an unbroken hope that keeps me in the midst of all the storms of life. You have increased my confidence in Your unfailing love, for every time You have been with me giving me hope. And even when You did not say, “Peace be still,” you carried me through the storm and it’s flood. Holy Spirit, give me wisdom to know how to share this confidence You have given me with others so they too might have hope; help me comfort them as You have comforted me.


If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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