It's a Question of When
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. (Job 23:10)
Trials have a season. Whether for weeks, months, or years, trials last for an appointed time. As Job 23:10 indicates, “When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” At some point in the future we will be refined into something we are not now, but the results will only be apparent after the process called “trying” or purifying.
God knows it all —every detail of the road of life we travel, everything that has happened and will happen along the way. ”He knows the way that (we) take,” and He is perfectly positioned to use it all in His work of “trying” us into gold.
Ask people about their trials and you will see that much of the struggle is about when. The time factor during difficulties can become overwhelming because events seem to move slowly and there is typically no end in sight. Sometimes we think, If only I knew now what the outcome would be, even if it isn’t exactly as I desire, I could begin to deal with it.
Meanwhile, if we are walking by faith and resting in the promises of God, we don’t have a lot of questions about what. We know what God has promised to do —His intention is to bring good out of any trial. So the only thing left to be burdened about is when. When will God act? When will God plead my case? When will God heal my body? When will God restore that relationship or bring wholeness out of loss?
When? That’s what we most long to know! Job 23:10 assures believers that the time is coming. There’s going to be an afterward. Hold on —there’s going to be an end to this trouble. God is watching your life and at some point in every trial, He will say, Enough.
Job’s assurance can be yours today. Get under it and don’t waste any days. God will bring you out of the crucible. Painful seasons do come to an end. When will He do that? God’s Word answers, “When He has tried (you).”
Whether you are in the heat of the crucible or sailing on smooth seas, your life is in God’s hands. Settle into the knowledge that He has your best in mind. Echo Job’s prayer each time you are tempted to wonder why life is the way it is—You know the way I take, Lord, and when You have tried me, I will come out as gold.
- What have you learned about dealing with the question of when regarding God’s timing in your life?
- In what ways has God already created gold out of your experiences?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the wisdom You gave Job to declare Your glory in the middle of unbelievable trials. Give me the presence of mind in my conversations to point to You when others wonder what is happening in my life. Make my words not blame but praise.
I will not fault You for what happens along the way, but I will seek to find Your glory in every season of my life. Thank You for graciously making gold out of me, a task only You could accomplish —to Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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