Where is God When

 

She came into my office, sat down and begin to share her story.  Eventually, she got to the heart of why she came to see the pastor as she struggled to admit, “I believe that God is always with us. I just can’t sense the Lord in my life right now.”

She was right.  We may not sense the Lord’s presence, we may not feel it, but God is here – always has been, always will be.  But therein lies the rub doesn’t it?  What about those times in life if when God seems so far off or when God seem absent?  And it usually seems to be when life seems to be falling apart, when we need God the most.  If David, the Lord’s chosen King feels abandon and far from God at times, it’s not surprising that we do too.  In Psalm 22, King David puts it this way:

My God! My God,
    why have you left me all alone?
    Why are you so far from saving me—
        so far from my anguished groans? – Psalm 22:1

Jesus would echo these same words from the Cross.  Yup, from the Cross, Jesus quotes Psalm 22:1.  The remarkable thing is, if you read the rest of the psalm, David, relying on faith, still trusts in God, even when he can’t sense the Lord’s presence.  And Jesus, by quoting from this Psalm, does too.  Check out vs. 22,

I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    I will praise you in the very center of the congregation!

So the inspiring word today, is in the face of suffering, when it seems God is absent, as my friend Trudy says, stand up, and praise God’s name.  Hold on to your faith.  Deliverance will come in some shape, form, or fashion.

Today, my prayer goes out to all who feel far from God.  To all who are hurting, or suffering, and don’t feel the Lord’s presence in their lives.  May you know through these words, even if you can’t sense it, God is near.  The Lord still loves and has never forgotten about you.

Prayer:  Lord, be with all the lonely, those who feel like they are in a desert, in a wilderness, and can’t sense or feel your presence.  Reveal Yourself to them, come close to them, love them, and deliver them from whatever troubles may ail them.  Amen.

p.s. I’ve found that most of the times in my life when God seemed distant, it’s not God who moved away, it was me.  By the way, be warened, I’ve also found this is the exact time the Accuser likes to come along twist our insecurities.

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