Fear of faith

Though He slay me; yet will I trust Him. Job:13:15

Some of us, at times, I think, are afraid of faith. Trusting God to handle some situations seems pointless or hopeless. I think the reason we sometimes hesitate to trust Him, at least for me, is that we fear what our complete trust in God might mean for us.

What if trusting God completely meant losing our job? Or moving to Argentina? Or giving up our home? Or losing a child to severe mental illness? Would we still be willing to trust God with the outcome? Job was.

Job was a righteous man. God allowed Satan to do anything he wanted except mess with his life. Satan turned up the heat. Job lost everything. His wife told him to curse God and die. His friends tormented him. They tried to convince Job his sin caused all his suffering.

What many of us fail to realize about genuine faith is that trusting God for the outcome always brings us blessings. God’s ways are better than our ways. (from Isaiah 55) We fail to remember that God’s plan for us is absolutely the best plan for our lives. He is going to work everything our for our good (Romans 8:28), even if it means our trials seem, as we go through them, crippling and devastating.

But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. Galatians 5:5
God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek (trust) Him. Hebrews 11:6 (parentheses mine).
The Bible says “…and the Lord restored all Job’s losses.(Job 41:10). “…the Lord blessed the latter days of Job’s life more than his beginning. (v 41:12).
Our steadfast faith, regardless of our circumstances or the seeming severity of our trials, always honors God and God always rewards us for our persistent, enduring faith.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
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About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

2 thoughts on “Fear of faith

  1. An uncomfortable post for me, as there are things that I fear happening and want to hide from. I tend to hand them over to the Lord and then turn around and grab them back to worry over. Something I need to face head on and, with God’s strength, release to Him for good. Thank you for writing this.

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  2. I always had a real difficult time with this. The story of Job. Why in tarnation was God playing games with the devil? It seems such an anomaly to me. I mean, here’s this poor schmuck who adores God, worships Him, provides sacrifices to Him, praises Him and he lets the devil throw all manner of horrid things at him? Don’t you think it is possibly a morality play that was told to the kids? Sort of a behave yourself or God will let the devil muck up your life sort of thing? Except that doesn’t exactly work either because Job was such a good man loving his God and trying to always do the right thing. I guess this book, along with revelations is just destined to be the thing that annoys me. I surely don’t have the faith needed to just believe it.

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