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I Will Maintain Mine Own Ways
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
I. The Definition of Maintain
Websters 1828 Dictionary
MAINTA’IN, verb transitive [Latin manus and teneo.]
- To hold, preserve or keep in any particular state or condition; to support; to sustain; not to suffer to fail or decline; as, to maintaina certain degree of heat in a furnace; to maintain the fertility of soil; to maintain present character or reputation.
- To hold; to keep; not to lose or surrender; as, to maintaina place or post.
- To continue; not to suffer to cease; as, to maintaina conversation.
- To keep up; to uphold; to support the expense of; as, to maintainstate or equipage.
- To support with food, clothing and other conveniences; as, to maintain a family by trade or labor.
- To support by intellectual powers, or by force of reason; as, to maintainan argument.
- To support; to defend; to vindicate; to justify; to prove to be just; as, to maintainone’s right or cause.
Hebrew Definition: yakach yaw-kahh’ – to decide, reprove,, rebuke, correct, be right, to decide, judge, to show to be right, prove; to be chastened
- This word speaks of a continual calibration – to decide; to reprove
- This word speaks of continual criticism – to rebuke
- This word speaks of continual correction – to correct
- This word speaks of continual confirmation – to show to be right
- This word speaks of continual condemnation – to judge; to decide
- This word speaks of continual chastisement – to chasten
II. The Decision to Maintain
A. It was a Personal Decision – I will…my own ways
Job made a decision; he wouldn’t require someone else to constantly correct him.
He would do it to himself.
He would assume full responsibility for his choices and his life.
He would not make that someone else’s responsibility.
He would not rely on the observations of others to constantly correct his mistakes.
He would not rely on the opinions of others to determine what was right and wrong.
He would not rely on the love and concern of others to keep him in line.
He would not rely on others for his spiritual success.
He made a decision to be completely, 100% responsible for his walk with God.
B. It was a Practical Decision – I will maintain
If it’s worth having, it’s worth maintaining.
Why start if you’re not going to finish?
Why have it and then let it run down?
Why say you’re a Christian and then stop?
Maintaining your vehicle, or your house, or your equipment is a practical decision.
Maintaining your ways; your walk with God; your spiritual life just makes good sense.
C. It was a Private Decision – I will maintain my own ways before the Lord
He wasn’t making this decision to impress man; it was before the Lord.
- Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
He wasn’t trying to put on a show; he wanted to be right with God.
III. The Determination to Maintain
Though he slay me. What a statement!
Job wasn’t in it for the comfort.
Job wasn’t committed to God for what he could get out of Him.
Job wasn’t committed to God for the protection and safety and provision of God.
He was committed to God because it is the right thing to do.
Job didn’t base his commitment on God’s performance.
Job didn’t base his determination to serve God for selfish reasons.
Job said – though he slay me.
Job’s philosophy was simply – even if God doesn’t do like I think He should, I will do what is right.
Even if God kills me, I will still keep trusting in Him.
- Verse 16 – He also shall be my salvation. A HYPOCRITE SHALL NOT COME BEFORE HIM.
In Job’s mind, a person that only serves God for what they can get out of it is a hypocrite.
In Job’s mind, a person that only lives right because someone else is telling them to is a hypocrite.
In Job’s mind, a person that doesn’t love God enough to trust him in bad times is a hypocrite.
In Job’s mind, a person that was a hypocrite had no chance of ever coming before God.
Conclusion: NOTE – Job made this decision and had this commitment without:
- A Bible
- A church
- A pastor
- Any fellow believers
- The indwelling of the Holy Spirit