There are some verses in the Bible that are often quoted. This week, we'll be looking at one from Job, Chapter 13. Let's do a quick review. Job has suffered unspeakable loss and tragedy. After initially being supportive, Job's "friends" then begin accusing him of secret sin. But Job knows (and we know) that's not the case. If you aren't sure, read Job chapters 1-3 and then come back. We'll wait :)
As time goes on, Job keeps mentioning how he wants to please his case to God. He knows he doesn't "deserve" all these tragedies that have happened to him. And yet, Job doesn't lose sight of who God is. That's where verse 15 comes in.
"Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face." Job 13:15 ESV
Job maintains his desire to argue his "case" to God's face. I'm not sure I'd want that, but then again, I haven't faced tragedy like Job's. But in the middle of having that desire, Job was clear about God and about his own faith. No matter what God allowed to happen, no matter what God did, Job was going to hang onto his faith. He was going to trust God. Who else could he depend on? His wife had told him to curse God and die. His friends were suspicious and accusatory. He'd anchored his life in his faith. He wasn't going to quit now. And neither should we.
That brings us to not just an often quoted verse, but the often quoted Psalm 23. I've placed it below my comments. I could talk about this Psalm in post after post. But there are plenty of studies published already for that. What I want to point out is that God, our Shepherd, has everything we need. He doesn't keep us from being in the midst of hard, difficult or scary times (verse 4), but He does comfort us, if we turn to Him. He is always with us, whether we realize or acknowledge it. And for all that He provides us here, how much more when we reach heaven and dwell in His marvelously, glorious presence forever.
So that you can understand for yourself, read the verses and record what the shepherd does for you. Then keep that list near when you want to argue your case like Job. But also for when you need a reminder of why a rock solid faith is crucial to your life.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
23 A Psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy` shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord