Text: Job 23:1-17
1 Then Job answered and said,
2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
9 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:
10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.
15 Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.
16 For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:
17 Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.
KEY VERSE: “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).
Trying times are like dark hours with no glimmer of light. We grope about, looking for a hand to lead and pull us out of the darkness. Overwhelmed by our pain and suffering, we feel all alone – abandoned by men and God. At such harrowing times, we wonder where God is. We wish He would show up, speak to us and end the pains we bear.
This was the experience of Job. What seemed to make his woes and suffering more intense was God’s silence. He had tried reaching out to Him by every means he could and in every place he knew, but God seemed to be nowhere.
Since he could not reach Him with his senses, he resolved to reach Him by faith! He assured himself that though he could not sense God around, still he believed that He was there. He was certain that He would use his trials and calamity to bring out the best in him. He would come forth as gold! This is also what we need today. If your clouds become dark and God appears to be out of sight, and the pangs of pain with the noise of confusion appears to be so loud as to shut out the Spirit’s voice, understand that God is right there by you. He is still on the throne; no amount of winds of suffering can unseat Him! Let your faith reach out to God.
Resolve like Job not to give up your integrity and trust in the Lord. Keep His way and do not turn away from it. Do not choose to backslide and commit spiritual suicide because of your ill circumstances. Hold on to His word and promises. At His time, He will perform the things that are appointed for you. He cannot be late. He did it for Job; He will do it for you. Do not forget; He is right beside you!
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Reach out to God with your sense of faith when all other senses fail.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 2 Corinthians 5-9
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.