Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him – Job 13:15
We don’t usually think of the suffering Job as a martyr, yet I believe he was. He suffered the loss of loved ones, wealth and his health and through it all he never denied or turned against the Lord. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”
A true martyr suffers great losses and will remain faithful to God in all circumstances. We can suffer in our every day living and bear it all for the Glory of God.
So many of us are like spoiled children, and when we are suddenly tumbled out of our comfort zones, we shake an angry fist at God, or sulk away and pout, refusing to speak to Him again.
I know a pastor who suffered greatly when one of his children was born very ill and with a type of mental retardation.
The Lord showed him in a dream his crown. It was white linen with a row of diamonds. The Lord told him that the diamonds represented salvations. There was one huge, glorious jewel in the center of the crown and the pastor asked the Lord what it represented.
The Lord answered, “That jewel represents your sufferings.”
The pastor noticed that the crown was only half-covered with jewels. “Why is the crown only half finished?” the pastor asked.
And the Lord responded, “It’s not finished because you are not finished.”
The crown Job now wears in heaven must be glorious. And you, my dear martyr, you are not finished either.
Copyright 2008 by H.D. Shively
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