“Behold, I go forward (to the east), but He is not there;
I go backward (to the west), but I cannot perceive Him;
To the left (north) He turns, but I cannot behold Him;
He turns to the right hand (south), but I cannot see Him.
“But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it].
When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous]. Job 23:8-10
“Tried” (bachan/bahan) is a primary (or root) word which depicts examination to determine (and bring out) the essential qualities of something, and in the moral realm speaks particularly of a person’s integrity (think of integer = indivisible – undivided ~ think undivided heart or single-minded focus/purpose). In Scripture bachan is used almost exclusively in this moral/spiritual sense meaning to try, search out, examine or prove one’s spiritual heart or character.
Since what’s in our heart – eventually comes out of our mouths – it’s important to focus on our hearts. May we allow the searchlight of the Holy Spirit to illuminate in our heart anything He wants to heal, change, restore, remove, or replace. Let’s be a company of people who quickly yield to the refining process of His Spirit – we will forever be changed by it.
We accept our “calling” to walk with God “according to His Purpose”. We willingly step into His new life for us where we are no longer our own; we’re bought with a price, and walk daily with Christ in us, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live victoriously over sin.
Though we can learn His ways and thoughts as we seek Him to know the mind of the Spirit – wisdom and understanding doesn’t always come instantly or automatically.
“[Faith] is the power to see into the world of spirits, into things invisible and eternal. It is the power to understand those things which are not perceived by worldly senses.” John Wesley
And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. — Romans 5:3-5