A clear conscience can provide both comfort and confidence when considering one’s standing before God. Job’s friends had set forth accusations about Job which were untrue. Here Job shares with us his testimony while answering those accusations and providing us another wonderful example to follow during our trials.
1. He knew the trials would make him a better person.
Job 23:10-12 “But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
2. He had not yielded to temptation and in doing so, avoided sin.
“My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.”
3. He had held God’s word in higher esteem then physical food.
“Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
LESSON - It does not say here emphatically that Job fasted, but it does seem clear that he had developed a lifestyle of doing so. Even those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are not exempt from experiencing trials. Here are a few things we can draw from Job’s conversation with his friend:
1. Every bad situation has potential for positive outcome if our lives are clean before God.
2. You will ultimately not regret ANY experiences you missed while avoiding temptation.
3. Fasting is a healthy exercise when done for the purpose of becoming a more obedient follower of Christ.