Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
Job 23:8-10 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
Many times in the darkest of trials we have a difficult time seeing the hand of God in our circumstances. We cry out to the Lord and it seems as though there is no answer. That can be very trying on our faith.
Job was a man that had a walk with God like no else in the earth at the time. His extraordinary trials came upon him in spite of the fact that he had, what we would call, a great relationship with his God. Job could not find the Lord he worshipped as he suffered. It seemed as though he was abandoned by the Lord. Even though Job could not see God, he still knew that God could see him…“But he knoweth the way that I take:”
Job did not have the written Word of God in his day like we do today. We have God’s promises to cheer and encourage us in our times of pain and sorrow. The Lord has promised us that he will never leave nor forsake us, He has given us the Comforter to abide in us forever. In our times of trial we can become blinded to God’s presence by our fear, our pain and our tears. That is when we must simply take God at His Word. Trust that He is with us and is fully aware of what we are going through. He knoweth the way that we take.
Job’s confidence in the presence of God, in spite of not being able to detect it, gave him the assurance that God would bring him through and make him to come forth as gold. My friend God is at work in your trials and is making you something special for His glory.
When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart. Live today in the light of God’s promised presence.