But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10.
Someone asked me the other day why I chose “Forth as Gold” for the name of this blog. It seems like a really random name that I just picked out of a Bible verse, because it sounded different, but it really means so much more than that.
Have you ever read the book of Job or parts of it? If you haven’t, the premise of it is that God allowed the Devil to test his servant Job. He said he could do anything he wants to him, except kill him. God said that no matter what happens to him, Job will never turn his back on Him. So the Devil tore apart his life. He lost his health, wealth, family; seriously everything.
I feel like there have been times in my life that I can relate to Job and his struggles. When my world comes crashing down and I feel like I have lost everything that I have considered near and dear to my heart. It may not be as severe as what Job went through, but man, it sure felt like it at the time.
I was going to a Bible study once and when we got into small groups of three, we got into a discussion about the things we were going through. After I finished speaking, one of the guys in my group said “You know what? Right now, you’re living the life of Job. The Devil is throwing ALL of his nastiness at you, and God is just saying ‘Wow, look at my daughter shine through all the ugliness you have thrown at her’. You’ve just gotta keep your head up and remember that the bad times don’t last forever.”
I have never forgotten that.
Here’s the best part about the book of Job: God was right, Job clung to Him instead of turning his back on Him and trusted Him entirely through every storm of his life.
Now every time I feel down and overwhelmed, I think about how God is proud of me for clinging to Him during these rough times instead of turning my back on Him.
So naturally, when I started this blog I had to come up with a name that described the journey that I have had so far in my life. God knows my love for Him and knows His great love for me, and even though I fail sometimes, I know that when he tests me I will truly come FORTH AS GOLD.