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Thursday, April 25th, '19

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"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him..." (Job 13:15)


David faced those "thoughs". Listen to his classic psalm, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil". That verse has two similar words, "though" and "through". There is only one letter's difference between them, the letter "R" which I think stands for "Resolve". Though you face the valley you can conquer the valley with the right resolve. Everybody deals with "though" but not everybody presses  on to "through". "Though" comes, that is, life's irritants and setbacks, for the express purpose of testing whether we will press "through". How bad do you want what is on the other side of the trial?


There are a lot of those "thoughs" in life, "though I may not get hired till next spring", "though the car is still in the shop", "though Junior suffers from M.S.", "though I haven't even a bachelor's degree to put on my résumé", etc. We can overcome those "thoughs" by understanding that they are temporary, they are just obstacles to make us climb higher, or at least that they are manageable if not surmountable. I can still praise "though" I don't see the sun through the clouds. I can still be kind to others "though" my own circumstances try my faith.


Job had lost his property, his family, his health and probably much of his sanity but he never lost his faith. Though he couldn't understand it all he still could stand under it all. Listen to one of the most powerful faith scriptures in the Bible - "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him..." Fact of the matter, God wasn't trying to slay Job. Imaginations can run wild during times of struggle. It is the adversary that "desired to have you, that he may sift you out as wheat" (Luke 22:32). Don't blame God for the dark day. But even if it was God trying to undermine your plans and dreams, "though he slay me", even then faith chooses to trust and obey. The postman treks "through" rain, sleet and snow. "though" rain, sleet and snow. The mail must go on. Life must go on. And though the Timex watch takes a lickin' it keeps on tickin'!


Another great Bible word is "although" - "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines...and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (Habakkuk 2:17). Though all else fails there is One who never fails. I will joy in the God "of my salvation". If we don't have safety, sufficiency, satisfaction or supply, we still have salvation! These other matters are at best momentary; salvation is eternal. Paul called it "light affliction, which is but for a moment..." (2 Corinthians 4:17) You may feel your load is neither light nor momentary but juxtaposed with the joys of eternity there is no comparison. Habakkuk declared, "I will" rejoice in the Lord. Overcoming those "thoughs" and all those "althoughs" is the work of strong and steady wills. The one who can say, "Thy will be done", has the will that wins. Not everything is going to go your way. Paul claimed, "...though the more abundantly I love...the less I be loved" (2 Corinthians 12:15). That is all right. We are seeking to please God, not man. The reward comes through the sacrifice. So keep on doing right, keep on "spending and being spent", because God is the Statistician that keeps the only score that counts. Like the old gospel song encourages, "Though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back".

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