He Slays Me

  1. Job continues his speech to the friends and to God. He’s getting farther away from truth now in his despondency.
  2. Here’s one nugget, though, for all of us. Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!
  3. He’s suggesting the wisest thing his friends could say is nothing at all.
  4. This chapter has the famous verse, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.“
  5. But that’s not the whole verse. The rest says, “Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.”
  6. It is then followed with, “He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him.”
  7. He declares God to be his salvation because he knows he is not a hypocrite. He says he will trust God, though acknowledging God as the one killing him.
  8. Are you able to say to God, “Though You slay me, I will trust in You?
  9. Have you surrendered your life, your future, your body to the Lord? Are you okay with Him slaying you because you know He is good and faithful and just and desires your salvation? Are you okay with God taking away your family, your job, your home, whatever it is because you know He knows best?
  10. Or are you afraid of God in the wrong way?
  11. Job says, “Withdraw Your hand far from me, and let not the dread of You make me afraid.”
  12. God’s hand on Job was making him afraid, making him dread God and what He might do.
  13. We don’t want to get into this place. The wrong kind of fear of God keeps us away from Him.
  14. We’re to look at His greatness and draw near to Him. We want Him as our protector and savior, what a mighty, awesome, fearsome God!
  15. When we are fearing what God might “do” to us, we’re missing God as good and loving. We’re not knowing Him as we should. Confess if you are fearing Him in the wrong way and ask for help understanding His perfect goodness and love toward you!