Thursday, April 25th,
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message by Kris Jackson
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".