Job Holds Fast
‘My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.’ Job 23:11 NKJ
Chapter 23 of Job is like the worst public shaming you can imagine. Job is a good man who’s been facing disease, tragedy and loss—and nobody knows why. But that doesn’t stop people coming up with their own reasons. Three friends show up, supposedly to offer Job comfort. But time goes by and, 20 chapters later, they’re openly slandering him to his face. In chapter 22, his friend Eliphaz hits him with blatant lies, actually telling him that he crushes the arms of baby orphans. When all the time Job is totally innocent.
So, how does Job hold up inside, when even his friends are openly insulting his integrity?
Starting by acknowledging his gut-wrenching pain and fear, he builds his faith up by focussing on, and talking all about, his relationship with God. He fights lies with the truth. He declares his relationship with God, using truths about God as a weapon. In chapter 19, he pretty much breaks out into song, declaring over everything his friends are saying, ‘For I know that my redeemer lives!’ So by the time chapter 23 rolls around, right when his friends think they have him up against the wall, he can say with certainty and peace: ‘My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside.’ WOW!
When people are on your back, out to take you (and your standing with God) down a notch, the ‘human thing’ is to come out swinging. But not Job. He holds fast to God, and keeps his focus on Him, not his accusers. Could you do that?
SoulFood: 1 Ki 8–9, Luke 11:29–44, Ps 40:9–17, Prov 6:6–8
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017