Daily Devotional

Though He Slay Me

by Simon Whitton

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

Habakkuk 3:17-19a (NIV)

How useful is faith or what is its value in times of plenty, in health, in times of blessing and success?  You can't grow a thriving life of faith when everything is going your way.  Faith needs all kinds of trials, lack of provision, opposition, sickness, heartache, fear and uncertainty.  This is fertile ground for faith, and as we trust the Lord during these times, we grow in our faith, we become strong.

It is not crops of food or houses, bank accounts, secure jobs, or good investments that are our strength.  They only produce physical strength and trust in material assets; but faith in the Lord and dependence on Him produces spiritual strength.

With spiritual strength, the Lord enables us 'to go on the heights'.  Not the heights of material provision and success, but the heights of a relationship with Him.  This is where we rejoice in our Lord and are joyful despite circumstances, where our feet don't stumble, as we draw closer to true provision, our salvation, an inheritance in heaven.

4b an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-- kept in heaven for you,
5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:4b-7 (NIV)

We can rejoice that our inheritance, our salvation is secure.  The worst that can happen to us is death, and the goal of our faith is to deliver us from death, to save our soul.

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him
Job 13:15a (NIV)

Meanwhile, we may suffer grief in all kinds of trials, but these are carefully planned by the Lord and are for His purposes.  He refines our faith, bringing forth genuine purity and value that will result in praise and glory to God.  Our hope is in Him.

Spend some time praying and thank God that your salvation is secure.  Declare your commitment to trust the Lord, whether there's a lack of things you need, or when the trials get painful and cause grief.  Tell Him that though He slays you, you will continue to hope in Him and the inheritance that He's kept for you.

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