Trust to the End

 Though he slay me, I will hope in him. – Job 13:15


The city of Sodom was wicked beyond belief and was headed for complete destruction, but Abraham felt confident enough to plead with the Lord for the righteous living there. When Haman  threatened annihilation of the Jews, Esther vowed to approach the king, knowing that if he did not hold out his golden scepter of acceptance of her presence, she would surely be put to death: “I will go to the king… and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 5:16).

Job was a wealthy man with ten children, but in one day, they and all his possessions were taken from him. Even these disastrous losses could not turn this blameless and God-fearing man from worshipping the Lord. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Convinced that Job would curse God if his body underwent severe pain, Satan went to God and asked to bring affliction to Job physically. He was allowed to strike Job with “loathsome sores from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head” (Job 2:4-8). And yet, Job’s response was this, “Though he slay me, I will hope in him” (Job 13:15). God was his Redeemer, his Lord, and if this trial ended in death, that would still be his salvation!

Charles Stanley said it best: “God is either worth trusting all the way to the end, or He’s not worth trusting at all.” Turn first to the Lord in prayer with boldness and confidence. Then know the Lord will care for you. Pray for this nation and leaders, trusting that God will work through those who know and love Him.

Today’s Verse: Job 13:15

Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
    yet I will argue my ways to his face.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-13

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:

If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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