Job 23:8-10 – “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 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: but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Human wisdom says that we must be making progress—moving forward. What happens, though, when that takes us in the wrong direction? Once we stray from light toward darkness, the Lord’s presence can be difficult, or impossible, to perceive. Often, you cannot even retrace your steps to see where you left His path. At times, no matter which direction you turn, it seems that you are lost. Even where you know He is at work, you cannot feel His presence: His peace and joy have eluded you. Under these circumstances, Job thought God was hiding. What was He really doing? Why couldn’t Job sense that is Creator was nearby? Where is God’s love when you are struggling in the darkness, groping for the truth? What glory is there in the burning heat of the refining furnace of life?