Passage of the Day: Job 23 … Linked for study …
My Journal for Today: If you’ve been coming along with me in following Job’s trek of frustration and pain, I hope you’ve seen, as evidenced in this chapter, that our hero, Job, is very human in his desire to feel the presence of God and very frustrated that God seems so far away. Yet, in spite of all, as Chapter 23 is evidence, Job still expresses his absolute faith that God is in control; and Job will not be deterred from his witness to that truth, even with the horrible things which have happened to him and the skewed witness of the world view in the personages of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar.
I’m sure there has been a time in your past, as there has mine, where you were terribly tested or in tribulation and you desired to see some evidence that God was out there. Swindoll pointed to his desire to see some sign or hear an audible voice from God, saying something like, “Hey, Chuck, it’s okay, I’m here with you. You’re going to be okay. Just stay the course.” But that’s not the way it works, does it? No, … ours is a walk by faith, not by sight; and all too often, we’re required to ride the tide of our life without visible or audible evidence of God’s presence. And I know … “It sucks!” … doesn’t it?
I’m not going to make this one a long teaching today. The point is simple and it’s evidenced in this Chapter of Job. We need to trust in God’s truth and the promises from His word, knowing that Deut. 31: 8 is true … that God is not only with us, He’s going on ahead of us to pave the way; and as it says in Ps. 119: 105, His word will light our path; and He will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death to the other side (yes, old, tried, and true Psalm 23). All of this presupposes, however, that you know and can follow God’s truth from His word and that you believe what it says.
My friend, if God’s word has permeated your heart, when you’re tried, as was Job, you’re going to be able to see God’s light shining on your path; and because you KNOW the truth of God’s word, you’ll be able to follow the light with Christ’s light shining on His power to lead you through the circumstances. So, let me pray this short prayer for us all.
My Prayer for Today: Lord, I pray that we all have the fortitude to follow the light of Your truth. Amen