“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”Job 13:15
God allowed Job to encounter the absolute worst circumstances. He lost everything. His children died. His finances were gone. His friends and his wife insisted he deserved it. His health crumbled yet, as he moaned in agony, he gave thanks and praise to God. “Yet will I trust in Him.” Here’s the thing...not only did Job trust God in these terrible circumstances, he maintained his ways. He did nothing wrong. Despite his closest friends trying to pound it into his head that he MUST have done something to deserve it and despite his wife mocking him and urging him to curse God and die, he stood his ground and pursued God’s truth. He kept his faith and believed God hadn’t left him. He believed because Job had been with God.
You see, so many times, we just carry on with our day as we want until things don’t go our way. THEN, we decide we need Jesus to intervene and we fall on our face and pray until things start going alright again and then we stop seeking because we found what we want. Job “maintained his ways before God.” You can’t maintain your ways before God when everything is falling down when you weren’t before God to begin with. I don’t want to be “fine” before I start watching the world crumble around me and then find myself before God. I want to be before God before everything starts to crumble and then “maintain my ways before God.” God deserves continuous worship and continuous praise. My dad recently told me, “Integrity is your behavior when no one else will know what you’ve done.” Job maintained his integrity. He continuously worshiped God so that when everything came crashing down, he could maintain his integrity in honoring the only one worth it. God is the only one who could give it all back. Although Job had no clue what God had planned, he trusted Him and simply maintained his ways before him.
Live every day in such a way that you can confidently maintain those ways before God, even after everything gets taken from you.