Confidence In God When You Don’t Understand. Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Trust God’s heart when you cannot trace God’s hand.
Job complained against God: “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him” Job 23:8-9. Job’s complaint was not about his sufferings. His complaint was that he could not seem to find God in his sufferings. Wherever he turned, God was not there. He could not find God. God was not present to comfort, explain or vindicate.
As Job complained, however, his confidence in God did not waver. Although he could not seem to find God, Job testified, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10. Job trusted God’s heart, even when he could not trace God’s hand.
Job was on his way somewhere. He could not understand the path or see the destination. But Job was confident that he was not on this journey alone. Job may not have known where God was, but God knew where Job was. God was watching over the way that he took. And God is watching over you as you follow The Lord Christ on this adventure of faith.
God commended Job to Satan as the “real deal,” as it related to his faith in God, obedience to God, and worship of God. To prove Job, God permitted Satan to place Job in a furnace of suffering. But this trial by fire would not last forever. God had his hand on the dial and his eye on the clock. Job’s troubles would not last always. The spiritual examination was designed to purify Job, not destroy him. And when he had been tried, he would come out as gold. You will too, if you maintain confidence in God when you don’t understand what he is doing in your life.