Job 23:10: “But He knows [the path] that I [Job] take; / When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”

June 15th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Eliphaz mentioned God and gold in the last chapter: “Yes, the Almighty will be your gold / And your precious silver;” (Job 22:25). Job picked up on the idea and described how life is filled with tests that refine the believer like gold. Or you might say that in the furnace of trials and suffering, we become God’s gold. If gold is your god, then the furnace of affliction will weaken and embitter you. But if you are God’s gold, the furnace of affliction will purify and better you.

British author Malcolm Muggeridge said it well shortly before his death:

Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful, with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness,

Pastor A. Purnell Bailey (whose “Our Daily Bread” newspaper column inspired people around the world for 66 years) wrote of visiting an orange grove where a shared irrigation pump had broken down. The season was unusually dry and some of the trees were beginning to die from lack of water. The man giving the tour took Bailey to his own orchard where irrigation was used sparingly. “These trees could go without rain for another 2 weeks,” he said. “You see, when they were young, I frequently kept water from them. This hardship caused them to send their roots deeper into the soil in search of moisture. Now mine are the deepest-rooted trees in the area. While others are being scorched by the sun, these are finding moisture at a greater depth.” God wants us to not just survive the hard times but to grow stronger and purer through them.

“Thank You, LORD, for Your hand of care on us this day.”