Hope for the Searching Soul

Job 23.3

Job’s words, spoken so long ago out of very great need, are amazingly profound, revealing the vital steps in a search for God. Such a cry will lead to a great discovery of the soul and a ‘meeting’ with Him. Here is what may be found.

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Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! 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.

Now these words were spoken a very long time ago spoken by Job who was a poet, a country squire – well more than that, a great landowner and farmer on a vast scale and magistrate in his township or city, a haulage contractor with so many camels and all these things, but he’d encountered great tragedies: the loss of his family, the shattering of his health.

He was an earnest believer in God but he was dismayed and he couldn’t explain what was happening to him, and he had so-called friends who came to comfort him. But instead of comforting him, because they differed from him in religious matters, they falsely accused him of secret sin and charged him with having a corrupt character and being a hypocrite, so Job is cast down and he cries out, and his words here are amazingly profound. You can see that he was a considerable man of letters because even his short statements are so finely tuned and elaborately structured. It comes naturally to him as he opens his mouth and cries out some sentiment.

Here’s an example ‘Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!’ and what has been recorded here are words which happen to track the chief factors and elements in searching after God almost word by word.

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