Behold, I go forward, but he is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive him; 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. Job 23:8-9
Job is expressing what we have all experienced—a season when God seems nowhere to be found. We sometimes express it as “my prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling.”
We look, but do not find Him. We read, but the Bible seems little more than words on a page. We pray, but don’t feel heard. A dry season. No matter what we do, we cannot see God in our life.
We need faith to remember with Job:
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. Job 23:10
Though we may not be able to feel or see God, He sees us. Not a nanosecond passes that He ceases to see and care for us. Everywhere we go, He is there even if we cannot see or sense His presence.
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. Psalm 139:7-12
But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Jeremiah 12:3
So even though we may not see God He sees us and that is comforting to know. It is a far better and important thing that God sees us than we see God.
Be blessed today. He sees you and enjoys the view. He delights to be your God today.
Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.