8 “Behold, I go forward but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him;
He turns on the right, I cannot see Him.
I write not because I have somehow figured life out. I write because God is constantly having to teach me, correct me and change me. There are so many times, like Job in the verses above, that I cannot figure out what I am supposed to do. So many times when the way is unclear to me and I do the very best I can to hear the Holy Spirit, and follow His direction. There are times I cannot see Him, perceive Him or behold Him.
10 “But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 “My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I take great comfort in the Words of this Scripture, because it is like a lifeline, a step by step directional on how to follow God, especially when I have lost my sense of where He is leading and what He is doing.
First, I come to the place where I believe and rest in the fact that He knows the way I take. He knows where He is leading me, and what He desires to accomplish. I rest in the remembrance of How He has always worked everything out for good to those who love Him trust His purpose for their lives.
Second, I try to keep in mind that there is always something way bigger that God is trying to accomplish than just what is going on with me. I am a small part of a much bigger picture; and the trials and struggles I experience are necessary for me to go through, to become the person of God he wants me to be. When He has tried me I shall come forth as gold.
Third, I try to keep His ways; to listen, to be teachable, pliable, moldable. I seek to be in a state of openness, and seek to ask forgiveness whenever I get it wrong, which can be often. After all, His ways are not my ways, and His thoughts are not my thoughts. So I am constantly needing to bring my ways of thinking under the precious direction of the Word of God. O how many times, I need His correction. I seek never to depart from the Words of His lips, and when I do, I try to repent and come quickly underneath His guiding hand once again.
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. 13 “But He is unique and who can turn Him?
And what His soul desires, that He does.
14 “For He performs what is appointed for me,
And many such decrees are with Him.
And finally, I constantly remind myself that it is God who performs what is appointed for me. It is God who accomplishes His will through me. I must always be a yielded, submitted and willing participant in His Plan. I must die to my own ways, my own selfish ambitions and desires. I choose to become and empty vessel that He can fill, and does fill with Himself.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6)
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (Phil. 2:12-13)
He knows the way I take. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.