Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face. -Job 13:15
Job finds himself on a narrow road here, with ditches on either side. He has lost everything imaginable, his health is failing, he’s in more pain of every kind than most of us can even comprehend. He knows he has done nothing to bring it upon himself and yet his friends universally appeal to him that he must have displeased the Lord for why else would God allow tragedy after tragedy to befall him. His friends accept a false dichotomy and present him with only two options. Either admit that his suffering is a deserved penalty for wrongdoing and search himself to discover what he must have done to earn it or else deny the sovereignty, the power, or the goodness of the most high God. False humility in one ditch, pride, and blasphemy in the other.
Job does not allow his own lack of understanding in God’s ways to shake his trust in him
In one sentence, Job cleanly rejects both premises. He affirms his faith in God, not by accepting that he is being punished, but by expressing his confidence that he can boldly bring his case before the Lord and be heard. He believes in God’s justice so unshakable that he refuses to believe that God would accept as good the false humility of a false confession.
“Though he slay me, I will trust in him.” Here Job acknowledges that God is sovereign and perfectly just. That he can and does allow suffering according to his own will and deserves our trusting faith and service regardless. His mind is not our mind, His ways are not our ways. Job does not allow his own lack of understanding in God’s ways to shake his trust in him.
“Yet I will argue my ways to his face.” And here he affirms his faith in God’s character by declaring his intention of bringing his complaint before his King. He knows that God knows all his actions and his heart. He knows that if he were to admit to wrongdoing to which he was not guilty, God would know that such was false.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
- Proverbs 9:10
The God of all creation cannot be appeased by a cheap trick of arrogance that pretends to be humility
Job fears the Lord. He acknowledges who and what God is. He acknowledges his power and his sovereignty, and that his goodness is beyond our comprehension. He also acknowledges that God is all-knowing and perfectly just, the God of all creation who cannot be appeased by a cheap trick of arrogance that pretends to be humility. God cannot be controlled by our actions as though he were a power source we could harness like witches by engaging in a ritualized simulation of humility. Job acted in true fear and true humility by opening himself fully for examination and in true faith by accepting God’s decrees whatever they may be. He showed that he trusted in who God is, not in his own ability to bend God to and fro through actions of his own. This is the fear of the Lord which is the only way to safely navigate a narrow and treacherous path.
Daily Nourish serves to encourage Christians to honor God with all their heart, mind, soul & strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Thanks for stopping by! Davina
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