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Maybe You’re not Really Looking

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Maybe You’re not Really Looking?

Job 23:8-12
“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there,
and backward, but I do not perceive him;
9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him;
he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him.
10 But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
11 My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”

The Story: Job is whining like an unbeliever here, and God will chide him for it real good.  He can’t find God? God will show him that he just wasn’t looking hard enough. The evidence for the Lord is on every hand, throughout the creation (Ps. 19:1-4; Rom. 1:18-20). If Job were really looking, he would see enough to teach Him to trust in God’s sovereign goodness and power. That, in essence, will be the message of chapters 38-41. Still, we see Job’s confidence in God’s faithfulness (v. 10). Job knows that God knows him, knows that he walks in God’s way and loves God’s Word (v. 11, 12). There is comfort in knowing this, although not, in Job’s case, contentment. When we get to the place – as Job will – of being content without fully knowing, then we’ll realize the power of faith.

The Structure: The strength of Job’s faith is evident in his withstanding the accusations of his friends without losing faith in God. He is a man of true faith, but he is beginning to overstep the bounds of what faith requires of us. But he’ll learn, and so must we all.

Meditate on verses 11 and 12. On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that this declaration represents your own faith at this time?


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The Worldview Bible examines the teaching of Scripture according to the Story and Structure of Truth – the Framework of Christian Worldview – using only other Scriptures for illumination. Information about The Framework of Truth is available on this site. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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