Job 22:10-14: “Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee; or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. Is not God in the height of heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are! And thou sayest, ‘How doth God know? Can he judge through dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.’”
According to Eliphaz, Job is being punished for failing to fulfill his religious obligations. He does recognize Job is in a dark place, unable to see his way through the tragedies that have befallen him. Have you been there? Have you had your faith shaken by tribulation? Have you wondered if God, from His lofty vantage point in heaven, was too far away to see (or care) what you were struggling with? Eliphaz reveals that the concept of a “distant God” has been around for a long time. Why is this idea so persistent? What are the advantages and disadvantages of God being too far away to take direct or immediate action? Do you ever hope your actions are obscured from His view?