Job 23:8 "Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; 9 on the left hand when he is working, I do not behold him; he turns to the right hand, but I do not see him. 10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. 11 My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside. 12 I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.
We all enter times in our life when we can't see God at work in life at all. In our text today Job is in that situation, not because he did something wrong, but because he was doing things the right way more than anyone else (Job 1:8; 23:8-9). What do we do when this happens to us?
When we can't see God at work in our life in the midst of pressing trials, we need to remember that God knows the way we take (Job 23:10a). God is always with us. He will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
When we can't see God at work in our life in the midst of trials, we need to know that God is testing us and the outcome will be of great value to us (Job 23:10b; James 1:2-4).
When we can't see God at work in our life when it seems all is going wrong, we need to keep feasting on His word more than on food and we need to keep practicing His word. God's word tells us to give thanks for all things (Ephesians 5:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:18), to count it all joy while going through the trial (James 1:2; Philippians 4:4), and to call upon Him in the day of trouble (Psalm 50:15; James 1:5).
How have you been handling times of trouble and trials when all seems against you when you have been doing things the right way? Make sure in the future you handle the times as Job did as recorded in Job 23:8-12. (Be sure to read all the verses listed in this devotional. You will be glad you did.)