Let us note what Job had to say in verse twenty three, “Why is light given to a man whose way is hid and whom God hath hedged in?” It seem as if Job describes himself as a man whose way is hid and God hath hedged him in.
So often when we find ourself in darkness we misread God’s dealing in our life, so many times we look on the dark side of things. It appeared to Job that the Lord God had visited him with temptation he could not endure and from which he could see no way of escape. Job stated “For The things which I greatly feared is come upon me” (Job 3:25)
We must keep in mind that God has not promise to keep us from temptation and trials, but to help support us in times of hardships. No human caution or foresight is able to keep us from calamities. We must understand “that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong.” (Ecc.9:11)
We are not able to understand the true meaning of our life at this present time. Job did not know what was taking place in his life when he wrote these verse of scripture.
There are many kinds of knowledge that are of no immediate and practical importance to us. Yes somethings would satisfy our curiosity if an answers could be found for our inquiries about such subjects. “There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him “ (Jh.3:1,2)
But it is by no means necessary that an answer should be forthcoming and we can very well be content to go without it.
But the case is very different when it has to do with our life and in the course of our experience.
Here the mystery is as perplexing and distressing as it is profound and insoluble. This is just Job’s trouble, his way is hid from him “Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in? “ (v.23)
The events that happen in our life is ever contrary to our hopes and apparently to our understanding.
Changes seem to take place much like the aimless shifting of the sand and the rolling stones of the hills, yet pointless trials comes our way.
Undeserved pain seem to assail us along life’s path way. If only we could discern a good answer out of our pain, we might endure with greater composure.
The discipline of life is conduction in great mystery. Assuredly their is a purpose in the mystery, though we are unable to see it.
It might not be good for us to know all that there is to be known. It appears that the Lord to trains us in faith by means of obscurity.
In the mean time he does not forsake us. Our way may be hid to us, but it is known to our heavenly Father.
Human faculties are limited and our power is limited, or we would be as an infinite being, are we would be as our God. There are boundaries to our powers.
The weak man wonders why he is not strong, he may ask the question why he is not a giant? why should not the commplace man have great intellect, why such a small mind?
These are all great mysteries, as well as it seems to bring great injustice. You can believe this! God only expects out of you according to what is given to you, and surely there are some who cannot be trusted with the power which others are capable of using.
Human circumstance are limited. A man may have great powers, yet he is hedged in, how hard this may seem to be, but if he were at liberty what grand feats he would perform?
The poor man thinks he would do wonders if he were but a millionaire. But we have all learn that God shall choose our inheritance for us. Why? because he knows us better than we know ourselves.
Meanwhile the very hedge has its good effect. Satan complained that God had set a hedge about Job, for protection “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” (Job 1:10) Job apparently seem another hedge and thinks it’s a hindrance, but, may not the hindrance be a protection? Yes there is inspiration in times of difficulty.
I think If we all had perfect liberty and power, we would lose the restorative discipline which now helps to train us. Yet no hedge can prevent us from our true mission or our rightful heritage. It was said of Jesus “And he must needs go through Samaria.” (Jh.4:4) Job did not fail, but on the contrary, he did his life’s work better through the mysterious that was inhibit on his circumstance.