Job 23 … Consider Him Who Knows the Way We Take

“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold,”
(23:10).

Job, who now stands unjustly convicted by the three who have set themselves up as prosecuting attorney, juror and judge, is desperate for a fair trial. And there is only One Who can be impartial; only One Who Knows all the facts; but He seems so elusive, so veiled, and the place of His Presence undisclosed.

“Oh that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!”
(23:3).

But even so, Job knows. Job is certain if he could just have an audience with the All-Powerful and All-Knowing, Almighty God, he would be acquitted of every false charge levied against him.

“I would present my case before Him
And fill my mouth with arguments.
“I would learn the words which He would answer,
And perceive what He would say to me.
“Would He contend with me by the greatness of His power?
No, surely He would pay attention to me.
“There the upright would reason with Him;
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge,”
(23:4-7).

Job is convinced that if God would hear him out, that if he could present his case before his Judge, then the greatness of His power would not bring condemnation, but deliverance. For Job held on to his faith in God as the single most indispensable quality of his life.

My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food,
(23:11-12).

And although the thought of standing before the Almighty One and Only was terrifying, still Job refuses to hold his tongue.

“But He is unique and who can turn Him?
And what His soul desires, that He does.
14 “For He performs what is appointed for me,
And many such decrees are with Him.
15 “Therefore, I would be dismayed at His presence;
When I consider, I am terrified of Him.
16 “It is God who has made my heart faint,
And the Almighty who has dismayed me,
17 But I am not silenced by the darkness,
Nor deep gloom which covers me,
(23:13-17).

The darkness of his friends’ opinions about his life, the gloom of becoming the beacon of revolting shame to his community would not silence Job. And while he was sure that what had now become his life was all in the hands of God, Job knew when this time of testing was over, he would come out as pure gold. For there was One who Knew; and Job’s faith was in the Only One Who Knows the Way We Take.

“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold,”
(23:10).

Consider Him Who Knows the Way We Take

  • He Knows the Way We Take in our thought life.
    • Even before there is a word on my tongue,
      Behold, O Lord, You know it all,
      (Psalm 139:4).
  • He Knows the Way We Take in our motives.
    • All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight,
      But the Lord weighs the motives,
      (Proverbs 16:2).
  • He Knows the Way We Take in all things.
    • And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do, (Hebrews 4:13).
  • He Knows the Way We Take in our hearts.
    • But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • And most significantly, He Knows the Way We Take for Salvation.
    • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me,” (John 14:6).
    • “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved,” (Acts 4:12).
    • that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation, (Romans 10:9-10).
    • For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9).

How do we respond to Him Who Knows the Way We Take?

He Knows the Way We Take; and it is only as We Take the Way of Faith in Jesus Christ that we will be saved. But as we well know, faith does not alleviate our earthly struggles.

  • When We are tempted to Take the Way of negativity in our thought life, let us ask Him to turn our thoughts to all that is worthy of praise.
    • Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things, (Philippians 4:8).
  • When We are tempted to Take the Way of questionable motives, let us run to His Word, trusting He will align our motives with His Truth.
    • For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12).
  • When We are tempted to Take the Way of selfish gain and glory, let us ask Him to grow us in selfless faith that We may bring Him glory in all things.
    • Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father, (1 Corinthians 10:31).
  • And when We are tempted, and we do Take the Way of an unclean heart, let us run to Him in repentance, and by faith receive His renewing work of forgiveness.
    • Create in me a clean heart, O God,
      And renew a steadfast spirit within me,
      (Psalm 51:10).

And even when we have Taken His Only Way of Salvation, we know that life on earth includes suffering.

Oh, may He so grow us in our faith that we would trust Him to provide exactly what we need in every Way We Take.

  • When we find ourselves Taking the Way of heartbreak, let us by faith lean into Him, knowing He is near.
    • The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
      And saves those who are crushed in spirit
      , (Psalm 34:18).
  • When we find ourselves Taking the Way of guilt, let us by faith depend on Him, Who forgives and forgets our sins, for His sake.
    • “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake,
      And I will not remember your sins,”
      (Isaiah 43:25).
  • And when we, like Job, find ourselves Taking the Way of suffering unjustly, let us trust Him to guard our lives here, until He brings us home to be with Him forever.
    • For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day, (2 Timothy 1:12).

May our faith be like that of Job’s, confident that because He Knows the Way We Take, we will come forth as gold.

“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold,”
(23:10).

 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:6-7).

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