by Charles R. Swindoll
Read Job 23:1–17
“Job struggles, finally admitting his frustration: he cannot find God.
Ever been there? Of course. All of us have! There are days we search in
vain for some visible evidence of the living God. I’m thinking,
Wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the middle of a full-moon sky
tonight, peek out my bedroom window, and see some skywriting, “Dear
Chuck, I hear you. I’m right here. I’m in charge. Love, God.” I would
love for that to happen! I’d love to get into my pickup after a tough
day at the church, turn the radio on, and have God interrupt, saying,
“Before you listen to this station, Chuck, I want to talk to you for a
few minutes.” Let face it, all of us would love to hear an audible
voice or read a visible message from God. But that’s not the way it
works. Our walk with Him is a walk of faith, not sight.
Job is a great and godly man. He is a mature saint, no doubt about it.
Nevertheless, he longs to witness God’s presence. “Oh, that I could
know where He is. But I cannot see Him, behold Him, or perceive Him.”
Though unable to locate the presence of God, Job states his trust in
Him: “Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, you can say whatever you wish
against me. God knows which way I go. He knows the truth. He is my
Justifier. He and I are on speaking terms. I trust Him. I believe in
Him. Furthermore, after the trial is over, and He has accomplished His
purpose within me, ‘I shall come forth as gold.’ ”
You can count on that, my friend. When the trial has passed, you will
be deeper and richer for it. Gold will replace alloy. I want you to
allow those words to burn their way into your brain so deeply that they
become like a divine filter for everything that happens in your life
from this day forward. God knows which way you’re going. And His Word
will be a lamp for your path (Psalm 119:105)”.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great
I can picture myself strong, fit, energetic, athletic, healthy, back at my slim and trim goal weight, looking younger than my years with a great big genuine smile on my face and feeling my best. There are many, many things in my control. I have everything I need and I can make the most of what I’ve got.