For His eyes are upon the ways of man, and He seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves (Job 34:21-22).
Elihu's speech went on for a few chapters in the Book of Job. There are a number of definite truths in the words he spoke to Job and his three friends. Elihu had many things he felt he needed to share.
The verses above tell a great truth about the power of God and the inability of man to hide from God. The relationship between God and man is very simple and yet complex at the same time. Obviously, that seems like a great contradiction.
These verses are a good place to start in a brief examination of that relationship. God created man. That is no great secret to anyone. Most unbelievers will even admit to the understanding that God created all things. The only ones that will argue this fact are the atheists and evolutionists. Scripture, however, is very clear. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him (Col. 1:16). The Word of God pretty much destroys any opposition to this fact.
If there is agreement that God created man, then there is no one who knows man better than God. Who could know an object better than the builder? If a building has a problem, they call in the architect who designed it. If you are trying to cook from a recipe and can't get it right, you want to talk to the person who made the dish in the first place. This is just common sense.
There is no wonder then mankind is incapable of concealing anything about themselves from the Creator. God can look deep into our minds and hearts to read our innermost thoughts and feelings. Why do we even try to hide from God? They could not hide themselves in the Garden of Eden. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (Gen. 3:8-9).
Adam and Eve tried to hide their sin from the Lord, but it was impossible. God found them, and their sin was revealed. There is no chance of hiding who we are or what we do from God. The question is, why even try? God wants to forgive us of all that we have done wrong. It is the desire of His heart to have His relationship with mankind restored to its proper place. This can happen by us allowing the redemptive power of Christ to touch our hearts and change our lives.
In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7).
34:36 wicked men, evil men; 36:8 holden, held fast; 36:16 no straitness, no restraint or restriction; 36:23 enjoined, appointed; 36:33 The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour, His thunder announces the coming storm; even the cattle make known its approach; 37:10 straitened, frozen; 37:22 terrible, awesome.
As the One who watches how we live and what we do (Job 34:21). The Lord keeps His eyes on the righteous (I Pet. 3:12).
Pray for Government Official: Justice Clarence Thomas • Country: Malawi (10 million) in southeastern Africa • Major languages: English and Chichewa • Religious freedom • 34% Protestant; 23% Roman Catholic; 16% Muslim; 16% animist; 4% cults • Prayer Suggestion: Pray, in faith, for God to work a miracle (II Kings 4:33-34).
Optional Reading: Ephesians 6
Memory Verse for the Week: Lamentations 3:22-23