“For I have stayed on God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.” Job 23:11-12 (NLT)
Job’s friend Eliphaz is pushing him to admit that his sin has caused the calamity he has experienced. In Job’s response he vacillates between expecting death to expecting God to entertain his arguments regarding his situation and various other reactions between. These two verses are important to the modern day believer because they hammer home for us our responsibility to live a life set apart from this world.
Job first announces that he has “stayed on God’s path”. Following his ways will enable us to do that. We are to follow the ways of Christ and not turn to the left or the right. That simply means that we are to stay focused on the Lord and the path he has laid out before us. It is when we allow ourselves to become distracted that we go off on rabbit trails that dim our focus and wear us out. They come to nothing and should be avoided.
We are to find our nourishment, albeit spiritual in nature, from the daily ingesting of God’s word. Simply reading it is a useless exercise if we read for reading sake alone. Reading God’s word should be an exciting adventure as we learn of new things regarding our Lord. The Old Testament gives us our history and the New Testament reveals God’s grace and how we should live as ambassadors to Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible; The Life Application Study Bible.