Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.10.16

October 16 – October 22



Scripture Passage:  “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.”      Job 13:15 


Dear Friends,  

      Trust – “Assured reliance on another’s integrity, veracity, justice.  To have confidence in.”  Whom can you trust?  Whom do you trust?  The first people I learned to trust were my parents and grandparents.  As I reached school age, my teachers became important figures in my life that I learned to trust.  My pastors have always been individuals that I placed great trust in.  Finally Patty came along and became someone in whom I place complete trust.  Outside of these individuals, it is hard for me to overcome an innate tendency to view others with a certain amount of distrust.  Why?   

      Trust is something that must be earned.  To say that someone has integrity can only be backed up with faithfulness in times of testing circumstances.  A person’s veracity is their ability to prove reliable and honest and a proven track record on the accuracy of their advice and counsel over a period of time.  Their justice is the undeniable fact that they are doing the right things for the right reasons and their loyalty cannot be influenced or bought.  Only after these things have been proven can a man have confidence in another.  This is a tall order to fill and can only be accomplished  by someone striving to be Christ-like in their deportment.  To evaluate ourselves against any other standard of behavior is like comparing diamonds to costume jewelry. 

     So why did Job say, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”    Job had lost all ten of his children.  He had lost all of his possessions and wealth.  Now he was suffering because his health had deteriorated.  Yet Job declared with unwavering loyalty that he would not lose trust in his God.  If God decided to kill him, he would go to his grave trusting that God loved and cared for him.  I do not know about you, but I do not know if I have that kind of trust.  My heart and mind know that God has been faithful, but circumstances often fog my perception.  Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”  I have found that at the lowest points of my life, my faith and trust in God have risen to the top.  As my ship is apparently going down, I find myself hanging on to the rope of my anchor and shouting to the top of my lungs, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust him.”  He has proven himself over and over again and never let me down.  His counsel has always been right and after the storm has subsided, I realize He has had my best interest at heart.  I can have confidence in Him because His track record is impeccable.  So buckle down and ride out the storm.  The One who is trustworthy will see you through. 



In Christ – Pastor Johnny