“He knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.”
– Job 23:10 NET
He knows what we are made of.—He is not predisposed to afflict or to grieve people.
God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” Now in a wealthy home there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also ones made of wood and of clay, and some are for honorable use, but others for ignoble use. So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
He will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will offer the Lord a proper offering.—“I will refine them like silver is refined… They will call on my name and I will answer; I will say, ’These are my people,’ and they will say, ’The Lord is my God.’”
Ps 103:14, Lam 3:33, 2 Tim 2:19-21, Mal 3:3, Zech 13:9