If I go east, he isn’t there. If I go west, I can’t find him. If I go northward, where he is at work, I can’t observe him. If I turn southward, I can’t see him.
Job seeks God but can’t find him.
In the first chapters of Job, this afflicted man doesn’t comprehend the negotiations playing out in heaven. Job has lost every worldly blessing—his flocks and herds, his offspring, and his health—but can’t see that Satan labors to press him into denying the Lord.
Job acknowledges that God both gives and takes away and refuses to accuse the Lord of wrongdoing. Job consistently defends his character, contending he’s done nothing to deserve such suffering. He bitterly groans that he’s sought after the Lord but can’t find him. Job longs for the chance to deliver his defense and hear what sin God has uncovered in his life.
During the darkest nights and fiery tragedies, you might go north, south, east, and west and not feel the Lord’s presence. You cannot catch him even when you follow swiftly in his footsteps. God is quiet when you desperately want to hear his voice. Despite the heavenly silence while life robs you of everything, the Lord lives (Job 19:25). You will see and walk with him again.
Inspired by Job 23:1-12