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  • Allen Domelle

Don’t Back Up

Job 23:11-12

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.

If anyone had a reason to quit on God, Job had the greatest excuse to quit more than anyone who has ever lived. Job lost everything a person could lose, yet he still did right. Was he perfect in all that he did? No, but he was determined not to let his trials stop him from serving God.

Job made several determinations that kept him serving God despite his trials. Through these trials, he determined that God was making something better out of him. He determined that he would keep his steps despite the hard trials that afflicted him. He resolved that he would keep God’s way and not look for another way. He also determined that he would continue to keep God’s commandments, though these commandments didn't seem to benefit him.

Many believers have declared they would serve God their whole life when everything in their life seemed to be agreeable, but many have gone back once life became disagreeable and God chose not to stop those hardships. There are several things you will have to do if hardships are not going to change you.

First, you must determine that you will not change no matter what happens in life. If you cannot make this determination in good times, you certainly won't keep that mindset once hard times come. You need to publicly declare that you will serve God. If you don't put the pressure on yourself publicly that you are determined to serve God your entire life no matter what comes, you certainly won’t continue serving Him when life becomes disagreeable.

Second, realize that God knows your situation. Job commented that He looked for God, but he could not perceive him. However, he also declared, God knoweth that way that I take. You may think that God is nowhere to be found, but that fact that He knoweth the way that you take means that He knows what you are going through despite the seeming silence you are getting from God.

Third, accept that God has your best interest. Job said in verse 10, But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. God must send you through hard times if the gold in you is to become seen. Don't fight God’s refining process that brings the gold out that He has placed in you. No one likes the refining process, but those who go through it enjoy the gold it makes out of them.

Fourth, stay in your routines. Job was saying that he did not change what he did despite the pain and suffering he endured. My foot hath held his steps is simply teaching that to make it through difficulties without backing up, you must keep doing what you were doing before the difficulties came. Don't change or quit anything you were doing before the trials; rather, keep doing them to get through the trials.

Fifth, feed yourself on God’s Word. Job said in verse 12, I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. There are many things you can feed yourself in difficulties that will not help you, but feeding your mind the Word of God will keep you doing right and on topside despite anything you face.


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