The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), January 25
Clouds prevent the light of the sun, ever-shining, from passing through. Clouds don’t remove the sun, they just dim its light. Eliphaz uses this analogy to shed light on how men respond to suffering, “Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars! Yet you say, ‘What does God know? Does He judge through such darkness? Thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens’” (Job 22:12-14). Suffering acts like a cloud barrier and blocks sight of the goodness of God.
Though God doesn’t speak to Job just yet, suddenly his faith kicks in, “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” Atta boy, Job! He pushes through the dark clouds by faith. When questions arise and remain unanswered, when the way still seems unclear Job goes back to what He knows is true about God: He knows! He sees. Truth calms his fears.
Truth trumps darkness. Every time.
Earth’s view of eternal matters is like a one-way mirror. On the other side of that mirror dwells the All-seeing One. He never sleeps nor slumbers. Though we may not see Him, we are never out of His sight. Faith “kicks in” when we apply the truth of these Scriptures:
- “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:21).
- “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3)
- “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Hebrews 4:13).
Someone once said, “Never doubt in the dark what you know is true in the light”. Wise words for those who cannot break through the clouds of darkness in their own lives. He knows. He sees. He can be trusted. Let the clouds remain. Behind them shines the sun, ever so brightly. Faith kicks in when we understand that things hidden to us aren’t hidden from God.
Questions from today’s reading (Job 22:1-25:6):
What cause does Eliphaz attribute to Job’s suffering(chapter 22)?
What truth about God comforts Job in the midst of his suffering (chapter 23)?
Job seems to indicate that the wicked appears to “get away” with their wickedness while he suffers. What are some ways that the wicked seem to “get away” with wickedness while those who seek to live upright suffer?