“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. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me,
I shall come out as gold.”
Job 23:8-10

Life often runs like a busy and noisy workshop. When unguarded, it is easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions. If we keep ourselves busy at a steadily increasing pace, we should not be surprised when, one day, we find out that our hearts have already strayed from the Lord.

God may be invisible, but He is not detached from us. In fact, our Creator longs to be in close fellowship with His created beings. Though unseen, He is never indifferent. Though silent, He always cares. Yet similar to the adverse effects of a hurried life, our troubles have a way of numbing our senses from perceiving God’s movement in our lives.

We must then shift our focus from the tension towards God’s intention. When we go through our faith-stretching moments, I believe it is wise for us to pause, reflect, and prayerfully wrestle with these questions:

1. Where is God in my situation? What is He doing?
2. What is God teaching me? What does He want me to learn and do?
3. Considering my answers to the previous questions, how must I respond?

Like gold refined through a furnace, God also refines us through the circumstances we face every single day. But admittedly, this is never an easy task. We must be quick to come to prayer, to seek God and His Word, and to be with people who are willing to carry the burden with us.

May we all become more sensitive to God as we meditate on Scripture today.

Prayer Focus: Lord, I am grateful for how you are shaping me through my challenges everyday. Teach me to trust in you with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding. Amen.