Where is God When…?
Posted by Rod Neufeld on April 7, 2020
Have you ever caught yourself asking that question? I don’t so much anymore. Before I put my faith in Jesus I did it a lot! It’s not uncommon, it’s not forbidden.
There are 2 things I want to address in this blog today:
1.Life is Hard
When life gets hard, we often want someone or something to blame. This does not solve the struggle, sometimes it feels a bit like it makes it easier. I tend to disagree; we often create more issues to deal with when our focus and desire is to assign blame. This does not seem to stop us from trying, you will notice however the ones who pull through trials the best are not those that seek to find blame, instead those who seek to go through the trial and focus on the other side of it.
Now, you are not bad or evil if you want to assign blame, you are upset, angry even depressed and looking for a way to attain control over the struggle. You will notice I said attain control not maintain control. We only really control our attitudes and activity so there is no control over struggles as far as the cause, we can have a say over the outcome, good or bad.
As a man of faith, I am learning everyday the more I rely on my faith and the God I have in whom I have put that faith and the less I rely on my ability to make things better. It makes all the difference in the world. Just for the record, I have been learning this lesson since I got saved. When it comes to this most of us are slow learners.
I have a fair amount of atheistic or agnostic friends that look at the struggles my wife and I have faced, and continue to face. They always go to the same place, where is your God in all of this, how can you believe in Him when He lets these things happen?
Here is a verse that I love:
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 (NKJV)
The point is we would not have gotten through the things we have without “MY GOD”, It is super hard to see that from the other side of the situation. So, I get it when people say it. I just know better because I know God. This doesn’t make me a better person or anything like that; I have come to the realization I needed saving from myself, my sin and my wicked heart.
2.God is Love and is Good
You see We live in a fallen world; God did not desire this life for us, this suffering, disease, illness, emotional and mental struggles. God had a perfect plan for us, we chose some different directions. To
blame God for our choices or to accuse Him of not caring is just nonsense, if you will.
We were given free will, some in the church will argue that and many in the world will. The fact that we can argue about such things tends to validate it’s truth wouldn’t you say? With choice comes responsibility.
The world is not a fan of that word, I’m surprised we haven’t tried to change it’s meaning. That is what we often do after all. We love to hold people responsible for things, while we shy away from taking responsibility for our choices.
Now here is where the rubber meets the road, I know nobody asked for struggles, illness, addiction, depression. There is no more of an obvious fact than that! Guess what? God doesn’t want any of that for us either. He does not use these things to punish us, He does not desire to teach us some hard lesson with these circumstances. He does allow them. They are not a result of His creation but a result of man’s rejection of God and choices against the very will of the one who created us.
We were created perfect,
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:31a (NKJV)
For the record, when God says it is “good” or “Very Good” That is the standard. We have added all the “supers” and “Excellent” and so on. When man broke that mold, it opened the door for many bad things to happen.
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV)
In fact you recall (and there is much definitive archeological evidence to support) the Giant flood according to Genesis 7. God wiped out everything that was wicked. He gave us a second opportunity to follow Him and walk and live in His creation as He desired in the first place. He knew we would return to our old ways, and we did. That seed of sin that is in our DNA has been hardwired. He also had a back-up plan (Jesus), after all He is all knowing.
In closing, God is good, life is hard. He does not desire for us to suffer but it is a result of living in a creation that got “Broken”. Now that being said we cannot and should not try and use God as a magic genie! He is not there to fix whatever is wrong, . Trials make us stronger, just like in sports a really good team is one that knows how to win and how to lose. By understanding that you learn more from losses than you ever will with the wins! Or, as a parent watching your child make a bad choice knowing you have told them what will happen, but they refuse to listen. We learn some lessons from being taught… however the most valuable lessons are from experience.
is God when…?
The same place He has always been, waiting for you with open arms.
is God doing when I am suffering so badly that it feels like its breaking me?
The same thing He did when we nailed His son to the cross, weeping and crying out… I Love You!
It’s OK to ask “WHY” He is the only God that allows us to do that in a sea of false man-made gods.