Today’s Dash of Salt devotion comes from a new guest contributor, Jelicia Kimbrough. Jelicia is a member of Fellowship of Faith Church in Huntsville, AL and is my older sister!She shared this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and it really resonated with me. I pray that her words in today’s devotion encourage you to continue to hope in God. A special thank you to Jelicia for agreeing to share this with the DSM Community!
Job 13:15 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in Him; I will surely defend my ways to His face.”
I remember a while back, my cousin, Antonio Pritchett, talked about this at church. He spoke of trusting God, no matter what the circumstances may be. Today we talked briefly about what we both had going on in our everyday lives and I was reminded of this scripture in Job 13:15. So I decided to share a little bit of Job's story with y'all that I found online. Hopefully, someone else is encouraged by this too.
Question: "How could Job say, ‘Though He slay me, I will trust in Him’?"
Answer: In Job 13:15, Job declares, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” This faith-filled statement has challenged countless believers through the centuries to strive for a similar trust in the Lord in the face of trials.
Job made this statement when he was in a terrible time of pain and suffering. He had lost all of his children, his wealth, and his health. His friends were of no help. His wife offered no support and was in fact telling him to give up (Job 2:9). Job felt as though his life was over. The only thing left was to die. But, as Job says, even if God did “slay” him, Job would still trust in Him.
Of note here is the fact that Job realizes that, ultimately, the suffering he endures is allowed by God. It is God who has the right and the power to “slay” Job. Even in the midst of his pain, Job knows that “the LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up” (1 Samuel 2:6). The Lord alone holds the “keys of death” (Revelation 1:18).
The faith of Job is seen in the fact that even if God’s plan results in Job’s death, Job will continue to trust in God. Nothing can shake the faith of someone so grounded in the goodness and glory of God. Job may not understand what is happening to him and why, but he knows that God is good, loving, and trustworthy.
In the following verse, Job adds, “Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, / for no godless person would dare come before him!” (Job 13:16). The idea seems to be that, if Job dies, he will be with God (the this refers to Job’s death). At the same time, Job maintains his innocence: he is not a “godless person” and will therefore be admitted to God’s presence.
Q: What trials are you facing that seem to be slaying you?
Q: How have your trials impacted your faith? Has your faith remained sure, like Job’s, or have you waivered?
Q: When do you find it the most difficult to hope in God? Why?
Q: How have you responded to people who thought you should have given up on God when it seemed He had given up on you?
Continue Reading: Job Chapter 13
I recommend reading the entire book of Job. It’s worth studying if you’ve been facing some serious challenges and need encouragement to continue trusting God in spite of your trials.