Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. – Job 23:3-4
As I read through the book of Job, my mind reels at the capacity of his understanding. Job did not have a Bible to guide him in God’s wisdom, nor did he have the Holy Spirit indwelling him. In addition, it is obvious that he had absolutely no support from his family and friends. With all these elements working against him, he possesses a faith and trust that I know I lack in.
In these verses, he expresses his desire to be in the midst of God’s presence. He desires communion and fellowship with the Creator of all. His desire is to be at the feet of God and lay his heart out to him.
We as Christians have that opportunity. Through the blood of Christ, we can take our worries and cares straight to God. We do not need a priest to intercede; Christ is our intercessor. We have direct access. Even with this truth, so many choose not to embrace that.
I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. – Job 23:5
Job understood that once we left this world to be in the presence of God, things would be different. We will have glorified bodies and minds. Sometimes, we don’t understand the answers to our prayers, and we don’t get what God is doing. Job knew that when we enter the midst of the Lord, we will gain clarity. In eternity, things will make sense that did not here on earth. If someone who did not have the resources and Spirit we do understood that, I ask, why don’t we??
Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. – Job 23:6
When we go to our Father in prayer, he not only hears us but he also strengthens us. We cannot make it on our own power, and God knows that. If we seek Him and His power, He will provide! Job understood that thousands of years before Jesus arrived in the flesh.
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
Sometimes this world is so harsh, and we don’t always understand why things occur as they do. I have a dear friend who is so young and dealing with some major health issues. God may never reveal why these things are happening to her, but it is important to trust in His plan regardless! She remains faithful, and her prayer is that through this trial He might be glorified. She is an encouragement to me, as Job is!
We may not always “see” God the way we want to. We may not receive the answers to prayers that we seek, but we need to trust God. He knows what He is doing. He may seem hidden from our sight, but He is right there next to us every step of the way!
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. – Job 23:10-12
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! – Psalm 119:103
Job was able to discern that his trials were not punishment or judgment. Never did he count himself sinless, but he knew that he walked close with the Lord. Many turned their backs on him for it as Jesus warns us will happen.(If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. – John 15:18)
He believes that God’s words are more necessary than the food to nourish our bodies. He stands tall for the cause of the Lord, and he does not allow anyone to take him away from his faith.
We could learn a lot from Job. His story is not merely about God’s mercy in His life, nor is it merely a story of a man favored by God. The story of Job portrays a strong message for every Christian that walks with the Lord! It is a story of faith, trial, and wisdom. It gives a message about how the world will fail us, but God will not. It offers a message of hope and truth.
But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him. Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him. For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me: Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face. – Job 23:13-14
God is omnipotent and immutable. He is the Holiest of holies! This world has lost their fear of God, and they do not understand the repercussions of that. People do not grasp the fear and reverence that Job held for the Lord, nor do they understand those walking close with Christ. As Christians, we should understand that fear and hold it in our own hearts! God desires an intimate relationship with His children, but we must not forget who He is. He is King of kings and Lord of Lords! He is the Great I AM! He is Almighty Creator! We owe Him our lives and worship!
I praise the Lord that he saved such a wretched soul like me! He has blessed me more than I will EVER deserve, and I PRAISE Him for that! I pray for the faith and trust that Job possessed in His walk! My Lord is greater than I could ever put into words!
What about you? Who are you serving? Where does your faith lie??