I know it’s easy to wonder where God is when you have questions or are suffering. Even Jesus Himself cried out to God when He was on the cross and shouted “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me?”. While Jesus knew He was being sent to die. while He didn’t understand it, in Luke 22:42 He was bold enough to pray “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” He might not have wanted what was coming, He might have been scared, He might have wished for another way, and yet He still told God–it’s your call.
I know I have wondered where God is sometimes. In dark times it’s extremely hard not to feel ignored or abandoned by Him. But I think this is a good perspective change. It’s good to remember that God IS here and to ask Him to reveal Himself to us. It’s like a game of Marco Polo. Your eyes are closed and even though You might not see anything around you–you can call out and You will hear a voice. You keep calling out and waiting for a reply and that will guide you closer and closer to the person replying to you until they are close enough to touch. The same goes with Jesus.
I love the tiny detail in John 11:42 when Jesus prays to God “I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here”. Jesus showed us that God always hears us–not because He didn’t know that already but because He knows that we wouldn’t. That we would go through times where we would forget. He did it for our benefit.
So if you are experiencing a specific situation or season where you do not see God in whatever is happening remind yourself of a few things:
1. God always hears you (John 11:42)
2. When you call to Him, He will answer and be at your side in bad times; not only will He rescue you, but He will throw you a party when He does (Psalm 91:11-16)
3. You will become strong and bold to speak to Him (1 John 5:14)
4. Pray no matter what the season (Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master – James 5:13-14)
I pray Psalm 90:14-17 over everyone who reads this today including myself:
“Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we’ll skip and dance all the day long. Make up for the bad times with some good times; we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime. Let your servants see what you’re best at – the ways you rule and bless your children. And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!”
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