“Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.”
– Job 13:15 NASB
Yesterday, we meditated on Job 8:7 and saw how that verse had application both to Messiah and to us. It came in the midst of an encouraging speech from one of Job’s comforters. This often happens in the Old Testament. You’re reading along and then, suddenly, there appears a nugget pointing to Messiah. Of course, Job himself is a type of Messiah. For this reason, we would be looking for such nuggets wherever we are reading in that book.
Today’s verse comes from a speech of Job’s – one of the many responses he gave to his comforters when they came to visit him in his crisis. This statement is a valiant declaration of Job’s faith in God. Yes, this foreshadowed Messiah’s faith in God, but let’s first think about it as it originally applied to Job.
Through the scheme of Satan, Job was afflicted with a terrible disease – so terrible that Job expected to die. When he did not die, Job became depressed. His depression stemmed primarily from the fact that he could not figure what he had done wrong, what had caused the disease. He kept looking for a reason and could not find one. Yet even in the midst of that frustration, Job declared unequivocally that he was keeping his hope in God. Even though Job argued with God, he did not reject God, disobey God, or dishonor God. This is a faith worth imitating. The apostle Paul adopted Job’s kind of faith when he described himself as “perplexed, but not despairing” (2 Corinthians 4:8).
As it applies to Messiah, this verse is even more profound. Jesus was indeed “slain” – yet He never lost hope in God. As a result, He was raised from the dead on the third day and exalted to the highest place of honor in heaven. Even in the garden of Gethsemane the night before the crucifixion, we can see Christ “arguing” with God: “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39 KJV).
When we face circumstances we do not understand, we should – like Messiah, and like Job before Him – trust in the One who has promised that we will ultimately never be disappointed.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You for the promise of eternal happiness. We will accept and endure any unhappiness we encounter in doing what is right, knowing that it is, at most, temporary…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.