I would order my cause before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say unto me. Will He plead against me with His great power? No; but He would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with Him; so should I be delivered for ever from my Judge.
My foot hath held His steps, His way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the Commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
(Job 23:4-7, 11-12)
Job had remained in the way of GOD, and kept His Commandments as he had them at the time. He had kept the words which GOD had given Him and cherished them more than even food. They were precious to Him, for they were life. He would not turn back, not could he go away from GOD and try his own way, for then he would no longer be right in the sight of GOD and would not get his answer.
The trials that come our way may not be pleasant at the time, nor are the consequences of sin, if we choose that for a season. GOD chastises those who are His own, and corrects His children that they may grow up into Him and be conformed, not to this world, but to the image of His Son. GOD allows events, evil, and calamities to occur in this sinful and broken world, because we rebelled against Him and our sin has corrupted every thing we once knew as perfect. GOD can direct events to transpire for our growth, to bring people to Himself, or show sinners their need for Him. Most of all He wants His people to be about our Father's business to take the Word of GOD to this lost and dying world that they may know Him and receive His great Salvation.
We are here to serve, to love and minister, and to preach and proclaim His Word in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. We are called to serve Him, as His ambassadors, with the Word of righteousness and reconciliation, rightly divided and fitly spoken, as we minister to those around us who are hurting and in need. We are commanded to love one another even as He loved us and gave Himself for us, and to disciple one another in His Word as we grow and are equipped, edified, and encouraged in the work of the ministry. We are commanded by our Lord to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we go in the power of the Holy Spirit to every one we meet and proclaim His Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe might have life in His Name.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. GOD calls you to trust Him and what He has already done for you to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with GOD, forgiveness from GOD, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.