Truth Treasure: As Gold

“…when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” Job 23:10b

If anybody was “tried,” it was Job! We’re not really told how long Job’s suffering lasted, but it was probably quite a while because he went through moments of despair- the same kind the chronically ill experience. But at one point Job looks beyond his present pain to the future when this trial will finally be behind him. He is encouraged by the fact that he is being purified and cleansed through his circumstances. If you read the whole of chapter 23 you will see his glimmer of hope is short-lived because his complaints continue, but what if he had clung to those words? “I shall come out as gold.”

What are you fixing your eyes on, today? Are you too distracted by your current experiences to see how they might be purging your inner life, chiseling away the dross and forming you into Christ’s image? Don’t give in to self-pity. Instead, cling to the words of one who suffered much: “…when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”

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