Job must have felt as if he were on a roller coaster. One day he seemed to have everything, then suddenly everything was taken away. He lost his family, his possessions, his health, and he even became alienated from his wife and friends.
When Job’s thoughts sank into the dark depths of doubt, he felt as if God had become an inaccessible stranger. He cried out, “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him!” (23:3).
Many people would say that Job was foolish to think that he could ever find God. In fact, one present-day atheist has called the quest for God “the biggest wild-goose chase in history.”
But if you once felt close to God and now feel distant, or if you’ve never known the reality of a relationship with Him, don’t believe for a split-second that you’re on a wild-goose chase.
Remember, He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you (Jn. 3:16). While you are groping for Him in the darkness, a nail-pierced hand is being lovingly extended toward you. Grasp it in faith! You will discover that the quest for God is not a wild-goose chase, but the way to find forgiveness of sin and the fulfillment of your deepest desire: a personal relationship with the God of the universe.
Found by God! Found by God!
Lost in sin, but now I am set free;
It was not I who found, O Shepherd true,
No, I was found by Thee. —Anon.
God sometimes puts us in the dark so that we may see the light.