How important is God’s Word to you? Do you value it in more important to digest than 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. (Job 23:12 KJV)
“The commandment of his lips…” the law of God spoken. Job was intimately familiar with God’s law; having lived righteously, but certainly not perfectly, as he heard and understood God’s commandments. Job lived in obedience to the commandments of God as a man who appropriately feared God.
Job was spiritually alert and concerned convicted of sin and offering sacrifices for himself and his family to God. His life upon this earth predated the priestly line of Aaron in the Old Testament, as he was acting as his own family priest to deal with sin; rather than relying upon a priest in the temple to go before God on his behalf.
Job certainly did not have a completed Bible, scrolls, or books of scripture as we have today but he was not spiritually lacking; understanding God’s law and His need for God. The message of God was illuminated through Job’s personal faith which existed through hearing God’s Word spoken and allowing it to infiltrate into his heart through faith in the Old Testament times.
Mankind was saved through faith in both the Old Testament and New Testament times we are living in today. We know about the working of faith in both the Old and New Testament through studying the book of Hebrews.
The Bible says faith the Old Testament saints, under the law, received a good witness or testimony:
For by it the elders obtained a good report. (Hebrews 11:2 KJV)
We have this scripture verse in the New Testament in this age of grace:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
God was in dialogue with satan as the sons of God, or angels were also nearby, when Job’s life was discussed. Satan noted from outward circumstances how highly favored Job’s life was with God. This was noted in the beginning chapter of the book of Job. Satan was before God desiring to persecute Job and God allowed it to happen. Satan brought about various sufferings and intense trials to Job’s life; while preserving His physical life; as God had directed. God is always ultimately in control of all events; including those happening in the darkness of satan.
Satan insisted Job would cave under the heavy weight of the trials he inflicted. But God knew Job considered His spoken Word to be more important than physical nourishment of his physical health through the intake of food his sure spiritual foundation was built upon God. This foundation was more than sufficient to carry him through any trials or afflictions which arose in his life.
Job understood God was working in his life despite circumstances he faced:
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10 KJV)
Can you seek and savor the spiritual nourishment from God despite any contrary winds and trials blowing about in your life? Job learned to be content in his adverse situations knowing God was ultimately in control.