Where Are You, God?
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
“Where are you God?” Ever found yourself thinking like that? Perhaps through some crisis bursting into your life, or through some ongoing situation that steadily wearied you? And now, it seems like God is a million miles away and your prayers just seem to hit the ceiling and bounce back again. The God you have known, the God whose promises you have always trusted, seems so very distant.
If you have felt like this, be encouraged that there were people in the Bible who felt the same – and who came through it! David, for example, knew what it was to enjoy God’s intimate presence; but he also knew times when God seemed so far away; so far away that he once wrote, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent” (Psalm 22:1-2).
It is at such dark times that we need to trust God’s promises, rather than our feelings (which can be so unreliable). This is actually what David went on to do in the psalm. For what immediately follows his doubts is the word, “Yet … ” And as he starts to go over all the “yets” of life – things like God’s faithfulness to His people over generations, His answering of their prayers, His care of David since his birth – he suddenly finds that he has things to praise God for, no matter what might be happening at that moment. And as he sets his eyes on the King Who is still on His throne, his perspective began to change and his spirits began to lift, even in the midst of his situation.
If God seems far away today, focus on His promises rather than your feelings. Look back over the “yets” of life and remember all He has done thus far. Above all, remember His promises that He will never leave you – no matter what you feel!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41: 10)
© Copyright 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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