"Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him. This also will be my salvation, for a godless man may not come before His presence. Listen carefully to my speech, and let my declaration fill your ears. Behold now, I have prepared my case; I know that I will be vindicated.” - JOB 13:15-18
There was a remarkable lack of self-interest in Job’s love for God. He loved the Lord for His own sake, and not for the blessings God gave. This is a mark of maturing faith. Many of us begin our walk with God because we desire His good gifts. He loves us and receives us where we are. But spiritual growth means continuing to love Him when the gifts seem chunks of coal in a brown bag. Then we experience one of the greatest of His blessings—knowing that God loves us, and, in the end, will resolve life’s mysteries and miseries.