Though he slay me, I will hope in Him; yet I will argue my ways to His face. This will be my salvation, that the godless shall not come before Him (Job 13:15-16).
Job did not have to enjoy good times to realize the importance of godliness, and here is his reasoning: "A godless man shall not come before Him." There's no future for the godless.
Must we strike deals with God before we submit? "If you will bless me, then I'll toss you a few crumbs." When Daniel's friends were threatened with execution for refusing to bow to an idol, they said to the king, "We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter" (Dan. 3:16).
Their decision to serve God was settled long before. The worst threats of men would not change their minds. They had full confidence that God could save them from a fiery death, and such confidence would remain even if He didn't.
Could we have such faith? Whether God sees fit to prolong our physical lives or not, will we doubt His power, or cease to serve Him? Better to die faithful than trade our souls for a few years.
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them (Ecc. 9:12). The real danger is in delaying to do God's will; when we forsake an opportunity, it could be our last, for we do not know when our hour will come. We have so many expectations about the future, and yet it's so uncertain. Scripture reminds us that our expectations will not always become reality. Evil times fall unexpectedly––time and chance happen to us all (Ecc. 9:11). No one can predict the future in an evil world (1 Jn. 5:19), but we can take comfort in the promises of Christ––eternal life hereafter, and the strength to endure in this life. God would not remove the thorn from Paul's flesh (2 Cor. 12:7-9), but Paul accepted God's answer: "My grace is sufficient." The testing of your faith produces perseverance (Jas. 1:3)–provided there is genuine faith to test. It is shortsighted to forsake the kingdom because of difficulties (Acts 14:22). Christians will encounter many cruel nets and snares in this life, but they still have everything to look forward to (Rom. 8:18). "Though He slay me, I will hope in Him."