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15 Though [hen] he slay [qatal] me, yet will I trust [yachal] in him: but I will maintain [yakach]
mine own ways [derek] before [paniym] him. KJV-Interlinear
15 'Though He slay me, I will
hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue
my ways before Him. NASB
The mind of the spiritually mature believer is
determined. And it is of a determined
nature, due to the content of Bible doctrine it possesses within the believers
the own mind, which produces the utmost confidence and therefore faith, in God.
Though God might strip away little by little, the
comforts, which we come to expect in life, the greatest challenge to the
believer is to maintain their confidence in God.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; NASB
Saying this principle, and believing this principle,
and accepting this principle, and then actually applying it when you are in
fact put to the test, are vastly different things.
When life is easy and prosperous, saying things comes
very easy. When life falls apart, then
most folks will fall apart and complain to God, or blame God, or even curse
God. Their ranting, and raving, and
crying is only the beginning of their displeasure and anger and poor-me tantrum.
But here is Jobs greatest accomplishment. Job has been under suffering for quite some
time by now, and his suffering is even magnified by the lack of friendship
demonstrated by his friends.
Though God slays him to the very edge of death, and
that is exactly where Job believes he is going, Job still places his trust in
Job further states that he will not deviate from his
basic beliefs. He will not change his
ways. He will not adopt his friends'
attitude, simply because they believe they are right. Job is certainly not implying that his
beliefs are strong enough and separate from those of Gods, that he is
arrogantly going to stick to his guns in spite of what God does to him.
Jobs beliefs are those from scripture. He is not some maverick, or some eccentric, or
some non-conformist type of person who rejects the fundamental principles of
life. Job is a mature believer and his
beliefs in God are the core of his faith.
And in that respect, he will never change regardless of his
When people speak of the patience and perseverance of
Job, they generally look to the sufferings which he was made to endure, and in
their own sufferings they want to identify with him as they themselves want to
be known as a Job like figure. Most of
this type of attitude is a self-pity, pity-me attitude, seeking to impress
others by identifying with Job. Some
call this name-dropping.
But in reality, Jobs biggest credit is his faith and
trust in God. His suffering was never an
issue. His circumstances were never an
issue. Job experienced both great
prosperity and great suffering, and in both sets of circumstances, his beliefs
never changed. He neither felt arrogant or elite, nor that he should be pitied.
His state of mind was unwavering regardless of his
Far too often people in this world will lift their
noses above others because of their talent, or success, thinking that it was by
their own effort or good fortune that they have been able to achieve their
Or they will complain because the world is unfair to
them. Their common excuses are their
color, or race, or lack of some good fortune, or lack of opportunity, or
because of where they live, or one of many other convenient excuses for their
Most folks have unwavering complaints. Rarely considering the opportunities that
await them through Bible study. Bible
study? Imagine, what possible good can
reading the Bible do for ones life?
Complaining is so much easier.
Job had unwavering confidence in God.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.