“Behold, he passes by me, and I see him not; he moves on, but I do not perceive him. If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice. For he crushes me with a tempest and multiplies my wounds without cause; he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness.” Job 9: 11 &16-18. ESV
I heard a sermon last week about “tapping into the presence of God” as the solution to making it through difficult times. Just get cozy with Jesus and all will be well.
After 38 years of walking with the Lord, I don’t think it’s quite that easy or formulaic. God is always present.
Perceiving God’s presence is another matter entirely. Sometimes God mercifully gives us a distinct awareness of his company, love and care. Other times, we know it only by faith.
During the most challenging seasons, we feel like Job; God has turned his back and we suffer alone.
Prayers hit the ceiling.
The Bible reading is dry. We long for a touch from God, but no touch comes. Job’s honesty is solace for a struggling sojourner.
Job reveals his feelings during his agonizing labor which finally gives birth to resting in the unfathomable power and mystery of God Himself as revealed in His creation.
Romans 1: 20 says God’s invisible attributes, power and divine nature are demonstrated in the body you inhabit and the world outside your front door.
Job’s cry was for an answer, a touch, a revelation to explain his suffering.
God’s answer was broad not specific.
“Look around Job.” That was God’s only answer.
Job’s response? “I lay my hand on my mouth.”
When we realize His ways are beyond understanding our view of God is enlarged and we are speechless.
Thanks for listening,
Love and Blessings,
Milan & Kay