Deuteronomy 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Job 23:14  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

Job is one of most fascinating characters and books in the bible. It is considered to be the oldest of all the books. What amount of divine revelation, written or by oracle, could Job have had of God? Most assuredly, nothing compared to what you and I have today. And yet, we see in this incredible revelation a timeless lesson for every person who has come to faith in Christ. Life after the fall is not pretty. Though not mentioned after chapters 1 and 2, Satan is using physical pain, horrible counsel by “friends”, and one setback after another to fuel thoughts of doubt in the mind of Job about the goodness of God. 

The strong rebuke at the end of the book reveals that mortals are incapable of knowing the secret things of God. His ways are beyond our comprehension. His thoughts are not our thoughts. But what He reveals to us is that it is He Who performs all things for us. Life on earth is a testing ground of faith, beloved. Much of what we see and feel appears to be contrary to what we believe to be true. The wicked prosper. God-haters seem to succeed with no visible consequence. Like Job, our faith is tested every day by the temptations, contradictions, and confusion due to sinful or unexplainable circumstances and feelings. But Job learned in the end that God is The Ultimate life coach. He orders and performs things for our personal growth in grace and in the knowledge of Him. Walking with Christ is hard when you kick against the goads of divine appointments. Those who hear, “Well done”, are those who walk by faith in God, and not by sight. Selah.