I remember reading about a condition that has been known to happen to airplane pilots that is similar to vertigo. Loss of visibility can play tricks on the mind, and a pilot can be convinced his plane is flying right side up when it is really flying upside down. Even though the plane is dangerously close to crashing, the pilot may feel as if everything is fine. His senses may feel fine, but if he goes by his senses, he could very well crash the plane. That is why the pilot must always rely upon his flight instruments.
Job admits that he is flying blind. He is in a place in life that he has never been before. The pain in his life was unlike anything that he had ever experienced. His senses were telling him that God had abandoned him, that there was no hope for him, and that he was a mere step away from death. He says in verse 8, “I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I do not perceive Him.” In other words, Job is like a pilot experiencing vertigo. If he went off of what he felt, he very well may have descended into a depth of despair that he never would have recovered from. Instead, he had to trust what he knew to be true of God’s character. He had to trust the instruments!
He didn’t know where God was or what God was up to, but God knew right where he was! Listen to what he says in verse 10–“But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” In the hard times of life, be sure to trust in the ‘instruments’ of God’s Word and character.
“Father, in the midst of life’s difficulties, help me to trust in the instruments of Your Word and Your perfect character. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
For more, read Job 22-24