Job 23: Job
(8) Part 1: Job stands firm in the darkness
Comments: This is a remarkable response by Job. He acknowledges
that God seems far off [v.1-5] but feels if only he could make
contact with Him, God would not condemn him – FIRST faith statement
[v.6,7]. He has sought the Lord in every direction to no avail
[v.8,9] but he knows the Lord watches over him and will bring
him through at the end - SECOND faith statement [v.10]. For himself,
he is sure he has sought to remain faithful – THIRD faith statement
[v.11,12] yet accepts that God is sovereign and is still working
out His plans for him – FOURTH faith statement [v.13,14]. He accepts
that he feels what he does because of what God has done, [v.15,16]
yet refuses to be put down by the awfulness of it – FIFTH faith
statement [v.17]. Remember, this is Job still in the thick of
it yet providing an example of a man of faith remaining true to
the Lord and gracious in what he says about the Lord – in it!]
Job anguishes to encounter the elusive God
today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite
of my groaning.
If only I
knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!
I would state
my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.
I would find
out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to
If only he could make contact, he is sure God would be for him
Would he vigorously
oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me.
upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I
would be delivered forever from my judge.
He has sought God to no avail but still trusts in a good outcome
if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do
not find him.
When he is
at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south,
I catch no glimpse of him.
But he knows
the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth
To the best of his ability he has sought to remain faithful
My feet have
closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning
not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the
words of his mouth more than my daily bread.
But God is sovereign in His wisdom and deeds
he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases.
out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in
Fear is a wise response, yet he is not overcome by it all
That is why
I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him.
God has made
my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me.
am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers
Comments: In this positive chapter, as we
have seen Job ,
yearns to encounter
feels if he could,
God would not be blaming him [v.6,7],
is sure God is
watching over him to yet fulfil His plans for him [v.8-10].
declares he HAS
kept to God's ways [v.11,12],
yet knows God
will do what God will do [v.13,14],
declares the fear
of God is a right response [v.15-17].
back through the chapter, picking up the six faith statements
we have highlighted and see them as examples to be followed:
to be sure in
your justification today [v.6]
to be confident
in God's oversight of our lives [v.10a]
and the Lord's
ability to bring us through times of testing [v.10b]
so we ensure we
hold fast to His path for us [v.11]
and trust that
we can rest in His plans being worked out in and through us
so we will remain
faithful even in dark times [v.17].
powerful testimony and example.]