Though He Slay Me…

Yet will I trust Him.

Do you ever wonder “If God is so good, why does he let bad things happen to ‘good’ people?”

There’s a fundamental problem with that question.

We are using the same adjective to describe God as we are using to describe people.

Let’s just get one thing straight. Don’t you think that if God is good, then people cannot be described the same way?

 

I’ll let that sink in a minute.

 

God is God. He is infinite. All powerful. All knowing. Always present. Never sleeps. Resides outside of time and space. And He is Good.

 

We are not.

 

Yes, when God made us, and everything around us, he declared it good. But then, we chose ourselves over Him. And everything went to Hell. Figuratively and literally.

 

So, no, we are not good. And so God does not ‘let’ bad things happen to ‘good’ people. We chose evil over Him. and He let us.

 

When Job says in his book, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him..” That just floors me. Because yes, it is God who is doing the slaying. He is the One in Supreme control of the Earth and the Heavens and all therein. He is the Master of the Universe. So yes, everything that happens, happens because God sets it in motion.

 

Now let’s look at what or rather Who caused Job’s suffering….

Job 1:6 “One day the angels[a] came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan[b] also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.”

Who’s the One who brought Job’s name up? God.

It wasn’t Satan. God asked Satan to consider Job. It was His idea to smite Job. It’s almost like He gave the Devil the idea.

I’m not saying that God is evil. I am saying, this was all His doing. Not Satan’s, as we like to believe and lay blame on him for every little thing that goes ‘wrong’ in our lives.

 

Why do I bring this up? Because I don’t believe that God is shocked or astounded by our trails or tribulations or suffering… I believe He causes it. And that He is good. And I thank Him for it.

He is God and He knows all. He knows all and He does what is best, always. No question. No doubt.

And this brings me comfort. Because if God has orchestrated my suffering, surely He has a good reason for it and will bring me through it and will bring about good from it, and will use it for His glory. And that is an exciting and wonderful and awesome thing to be a part of.

I know it sounds a little odd… but think about it. God knows ALL. He is never caught off guard. He is never unsure. He is never intimidated. He is ALL powerful and ALMIGHTY.

“In the eye of the storm, you remain in control.

In the middle of the war, you guard my soul.

You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn

Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm”

Heard that song on the radio this morning (KLOVE) and it reminded me how God is always in control of everything that happens to me and around me… and because of that I have nothing to fear. Nothing happens outside his will. I am safe and secure there.

And though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him.

God give me grace to do just that. Forever.

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About Shannon

My life is summed up in two words: Saving Grace. God saw fit to bless me with a little girl who, for all intents and purposes, turned out to be my saving grace. She is the best part of my life, and the best part of me. I am a single working mother (I know, that phrase is redundant :) so I don't have a lot of time for extracurricular activities, but I like to write, and so I thought I'd start another blog (I've had many in the past) so that I could have an outlet for myself, during my down time ...whenever that can be snatched. It's few and far between these days.... but we'll see where this takes me.
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