God Knows the Way

by Pastor Larry DeBruyn for Suffering

A meditation on Job 23:10.

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10, KJV

There is no state in life that we want more to avoid than that experienced by Job. In a short time, he lost it all–his wealth, family, friends and health. Job went from possessing everything to having nothing. No more pathetic scene exists in Scripture, save that of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, than that of Job having lost it all, having been smitten with painful boils from head to toe, sitting on the ash heap at the dump outside the city, scraping his rotting flesh with a potsherd (that’s a sharp fragment of broken pottery), his wife visiting and asking him, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity?” and finally advising him to just “curse God, and die” (Job 2:8).

Few people in life have experienced the trials of Job. Though everybody around him accused that he deserved God’s judgment because he had sinned, Job never did curse God for what befell him. Amidst all the negativity surrounding him, Job believed that God knew the way of his life. Amidst the painful circumstances life throws at us, do we also believe this?
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