Is God too far removed to know what happens on earth? 

Old Testament: Job 22.12–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 21–22on July 1, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

Eliphaz debated with his friend Job about God’s part in Job’s suffering. Part of what Eliphaz said was: 

“Is not God in the height of heaven?
And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
And you say, ‘What does God know?
Can He judge through the deep darkness?
Thick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see,
And He walks above the circle of heaven.’”

– Job 22.12–14 

I cannot find where Job said anything of this nature; perhaps Eliphaz inferred what he thought Job implied at some point. 

Eliphaz sought to refute the thinking of someone who argues that God cannot see what happens on earth because he is too far removed from earth. 

However, we know that is not true, as the Scriptures demonstrate endlessly, and the Book of Job will show toward the end that he knew everything that the four men said in their debate. 

As you struggle through life, always remember that God knows what you are experiencing. Therefore, keep your head up and you will see how God works in your life. 


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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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