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Job 13:15



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.


Psa. 23:4

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 God.


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 circumstances.


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 worldly situation.


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 status.


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 poor situation.


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.

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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