Focus verses: Job 23:1-12
Job’s friends still insist that he must have done something wrong to bring this calamity upon himself. Even though Job’s life outwardly has been righteous, they tell him there must be some hidden sins that caused all this mess.
But Job knows he did nothing wrong. He is not an unrighteous man. He worshiped God and shunned evil.
But there are times when God seems very far away. His lament here is that he cannot seem to find God. Where ever he looks, God is not to be found. This is simply because God has let Satan have charge of his earthly life for the moment.
Contrast this lament with Psalm 139. Here David says there is no place he can go where God is not. He cannot hide from God.
Nor does God hide from Job. He merely allows him to be tested by the enemy. And Job knows that if he can plead his case with God, he will be vindicated as a righteous man.
Help us to remain faithful in the most dire of circumstances. Grant that we should walk closely with You all the days of our lives, no matter what the enemy throws at us.