There is often talk about things we would die for and seldom talk about what we would live for. There are others who have said similar things. Habakkuk, an Old Testament prophet said, ‘Even if nothing is left on earth, no fruit on the vines, no flocks in the field, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exalt in the god of my salvation, the Lord is my strength, and He has made my feet like hind’s feet, and makes me walk on high places’ (a very well known text). Or like Job who said, ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him’ or again, ‘Job fell to the ground and said, ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.’
God is not bound to avert our days of trial and chaos, but even though chaos comes, ‘God reigns!’ Our God can deliver us, ‘but if not,’ there are still absolute standards worth dying for… and living for. Our God can deliver us, ‘but if not,’ there is still the issues of faith, loyalty and obedience to His will. We are still safe though all safety is lost, we are still protected though all protection is gone, and we are still consoled though all consolation seems departed. My concern is not what I will die for… but what I will live for.
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Jesus