Friday, March 5, 2010

Comforting AND a Promise!

He knows the way that I take;
When He has tried me, I shall
come forth as gold.
(Job 23:10)
I love this verse! Especially in light of this post, Testing of your faith. I get the sense that there is some serious testing and purifying going on in all of our lives and that we just need to persevere, cling to Him and trust Him.

It is so hard, I know!

The work "know" in this verse is one of my favorite Hebrew words, yadha, which is a word used to express such an intimate knowledge.(taken from The Complete Word Study Old Testament) It is even used for the word meaning intercourse between a man and woman. It is that intimate. So, this says that God intimately knows the way (our journey, way of life, lot in life)! The God of the universe, the great I AM knows the way that I take, the way that YOU take! I get a sense of His very fingerprints all over my life! Isn't that comforting?

Also, it says that when we are tried, we SHALL come forth as gold! No maybe, no, 'I hope so', nope, it says we SHALL! come forth as gold. There is the promise!

This promise is found in many places, one favorite is 1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.

To Him be the dominion, power, authority, rule forever and ever. Amen.

WooHoo! My God is intimately involved in all that is going on in my life now AND He will complete and make me what I ought to be! Oh, don't you just love Him!?

"And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. "
(Gal. 6:10)
Don't give up! "Often the last step is the winning step. It is when heaven's heights are in full view that he gates of hell are most persistent and full of deadly peril" (Streams in the Desert, March 5)

Praying for strength to persevere and hold on through this purifying of your faith. Faithful is He Who has called you, He will be all you need!


Heather said...

I love the book of Job,it's so powerful!! That's a wonderful verse to look to when you feel you are being tested! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for your comment on one of my entries. Did you ever have a VBAC? I desperately wanted one b/c I want more children. I've had 2 sections in 2 1/2 years. It's just a lot to consider for me. Your words were very encouraging,Michelle!

Ellen said...

Very encouraging and very true. Oh I so wish I couold write that my faith never waivers..that each day i stand as a rock knowing He is there. I do know He is there..but I have such weakness and fear...Praise be that He sees through all of that and knows what is best for us.


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Bluebell Country said...

Most encouraging, and what a wonderful merciful sovereign Lord we serve indeed. Over this last year my family has been through many lessons and trial, and He's comforted us. Us knowing... that He knows our journey and has gone before us.
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