“I SHALL COME FORTH AS GOLD!”

Job 23:8-12, verse 10 text.

Certainly if any one character in the Bible could be referred as the child of light it is Job.

There are several reasons for this:

I. THE FAITH HE PROFESSED:

There must be a profession of faith before there can be a genuine realization of the,

A.  Existence of God

Job was not one of those “fools” who says, “there is no God.” As it is true throughout the entire Book Job always assumes the existence of God. He never doubted!        

B. Providence of God.

Eliphaz insinuated Job’s lack of faith & accused him of sin in Chapter 22:5-15 even to imply that he was an unbeliever. What a friend! But in verse 10 Job quickly responded by recognizing God’s presence and his providence, even if he could not see Him. He realized God was all around him, and God’s Hand, though it may be veiled, was always working.

C.  The authority of God.

Job recognized that this invisible and omnipresent God was continually working on him, much as a refiner does with gold. Gold cannot be over purified because the heat cannot be too much for it. Job realized this for him. He attempted to trust God and His providence rather than his natural heart: 21:15.

In Exodus 5:2 Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”

Jeremiah 18:12,“And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.”=

Luke 19:14,“But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”

D.  The Omniscience of God.

Job believed that God not only cared for the regular things in life, but also was concerned about the particular. He knows all things, including all secret things in life. He knows all there is to know about you. Like Hagar in the wilderness said, “Thou God, seest me” or you are all seeing Genesis 16:13.

Or like David, “I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinketh upon me”Psalm 40:17. Or like Jeremiah could say, Jeremiah 18:23, “Lord, thou knowest all their counsel against me”Or Peter who said, “Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee”John 21:17.

Job regarded his whole life as continually under the eye of God, “He knoweth the way that is with me.”

So, God’s eyes are always on the ways of man, especially the righteous:

Psalm 34:21, “Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.” Psalm 1:6, “For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

II. THE CHARACTER HE MAINTAINED.

 A. The faithfulness he produced.

It is the part of a good man to walk before God, “Abraham, I know Him”Genesis 17:1.

B. The grace of God he displayed.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God said that of us and for us to say, “all my ways are before Thee!”

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