“I go east, but he is not there.
I go west, but I cannot find him.
9 I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.
I look to the south, but he is concealed.
10 “But he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.
11 For I have stayed on God’s paths;
I have followed his ways and not turned aside.”
Job 23:10-11, NLT
Job is not sure where God is exactly. He can’t be pinpointed to Job’s satisfaction. But Job knows one thing very well. The outcome will be golden (v. 10).
Especially thinking of these last two verses, I’m wondering if they shouldn’t be switched (verse 11 changing places with verse 10.) But I most certainly won’t try to edit the Book of Job. I guess I’m just looking for an ‘enhanced grip’ on these verses.
Job explains his confidence, “He knows…where I am going.” That most exceptional understanding gives him an awareness and a sensitivity toward the presence of God. “He knows, where I am going.”
Verse 10 will be my trumpet blast. Testing me, is His full intention. He intends to make me golden. As I think of this, I first should understand that it is “He” making me. It’s the Father’s work; it is not by my efforts. Nevertheless, it will happen!
His intention is to put us in His crucible. He ‘cooks’ us until we are gleaming, shiny and pure. Just understanding this process, brings us into a huge, new dimension. We now understand why we have discipleship.
Verse 11 now injects us with this concept of discipleship. There is an “Under Construction” sign that hangs over us, we are being worked on. Because Job is thrown in the crucible, his faith is transformed into a solid walk.
Job loves because he has been deeply loved. Job claims this understanding. “For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside.” Some might suggest ‘hubris,’ or pride and overconfidence. But just maybe it was the truth. And could it be– that he has been changed by the crucible? Changed and altered by the “heat?” This intensity is of the Holy Spirit, and sovereignly using our various trials, completes us. I suppose that this process is what we call— sanctification.
“The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”
- Discipleship – Love, Trust, Christ-likeness (scottstrissel.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 17 – The Lord Tests hearts (graceofourlord.com)
- Preparation of the Bride Now and When the Lord Jesus Returns (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
- God, Motivate Me – Psalm 119, ה (psalmslife.com)