Finding God – Job 22-24

“If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling!” — “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.” Job 3 and 8-9.

Job is looking for God in all the wrong places. He feels abandoned because of the trials and tribulations that have come his way, but in fact he should understand that God is not to be found in the east, west, north or south. He needs to understand there is no dwelling place for him to go to because God is right there with him throughout the trials. This is not the easiest thing to learn or accept during times like this, but it is our source of strength and hope during tough times. I believe the Footprint poem says it best:

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he
was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints
in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other
to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before
him, he looked back at the footprint in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his
life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned that LORD
about it. “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed
that during the most troublesome times in my life, there
is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why
when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love
you and I would never leave you. During you times
of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of
footprints, it was then I carried you.”

I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was carrying Job throughout this time of tribulation. God never leaves us nor forsakes us. Who has ever made us such a promise as that in our whole lives. Other people cannot do it, nor can any of the other “gods” people choose to follow.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much for promising to carry us when we cannot walk. Thank you for your promise to be with us through every situation in our lives. Thank you for planning good for us and being there when the bad does come. Forgive me for the times I looked to the north, south, east or west when you were right there with me. Thank you for being there, so I had no need to go to your dwelling place. Help me to love you with my whole body and soul. Help me to serve you with every fiber of my being. You are such a wonderful, loving father. Amen.

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