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.
I have a friend who says that when she gets to Heaven God is going to give her a tour of Heaven’s libraries and show her the section where there are shelves of books entitled “(So-and-so’s) Instructions to God.” I hope I do not share her shame, but the Lord knows I’ve often tried to control God. How about you?
Job knew this was impossible. He wrote, “[God] is in one mind, and who can turn him? And what his soul desireth, even that he doeth” Job 23:13. Normally, we would think that someone who cannot be swayed is stubborn and that this is a negative trait. Job knew that God was stubborn, stubborn to do the right thing! God stubbornly refuses to be anything but good. That makes him reliable rather than wicked.
Job relied on God’s goodness even when he could not see it. By faith he wrote, “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10. In the midst of the refining fiery trials, he trusted that God had planned a glorious outcome.
Hermiston (Oregon) SDA Church Chorister