“But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)
There is a bigger picture which only God sees. This is why He calls us to trust in Him with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding. (Prov. 3:5) Job was stuck in the trees and could not see the forest. But in the midst of his pain and confusion, he has moments where faith arises. He declares: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him …” (Job 13:15) He trusts that God knows what He is doing even when he is clueless.
Paul acknowledged that he also was perplexed, but not in despair. (2 Cor. 4:8) He had learned to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) Grasping all that was happening around him was impossible, but knowing Christ was the business of Paul’s life. We are exhorted to “acknowledge God in all our ways.” (Prov. 3:6) This translates to “know God in all our ways.”
What we can and should know when our way is foggy is that God sees perfectly what He wants to do in our life and how He wants to use our present situation to accomplish His ultimate goal. We need to rest in His care for us. Though our present road is fraught with uncertainty, we are to know that our God is working all things together for good. Our finest plans may have been derailed, but His glorious plan for our life is still right on track. When all is said and done, we will “come forth as gold.”