“But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
My foot has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have not turned aside.
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.”
In times of trial, may this be our response—to hold fast to His steps, to keep His way and not turn aside, to not depart from His commandments, and to treasure the Word of our God more than food.
Right before this statement, Job says that he is searching for God but cannot see Him or His workings. Then he declares, “But He knows the way that I take.” Our God is watching over us. He knows where we are. He knows how we struggle. And He cares about it all. We are not lost to or forgotten by Him, and He is still being ever-faithful to us. The outcome of our difficulty is not His failure toward us, but rather our being brought from strength to strength and to ever-increasing glory. This is our refinement. The process by which our faith is purified and proven to be worth more than the finest gold.
Hebrews 12:11-13 looks at the discipline of the Lord, saying, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” Our God of love is working for our good. To purify our heart and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. To bind up our wounds and heal the sickness that has corrupted our souls for so long. Whatever His purposes in our trials and afflictions, know that they are good. And it is in holding fast to His steps, determining to keep His way and treasuring the words of His mouth, that we can experience the fullness of His grace and the beauty of what He does in our lives when we surrender to His work.
Even if you can’t see Him, even if you can’t comprehend His reasoning or see His hand at work around you, know that our God is still good and He is always with you. “The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety. The High God surrounds him all day long, and dwells between his shoulders” (Deuteronomy 33:12). He knows the way that you take. When He has tried you, you shall come out as gold. Trust Him. Wait for Him. Hold fast. He will come through, and His every promise to you will be fulfilled flawlessly. He who calls you is faithful.