Where Was God?
Posted by Rod Neufeld on July 6, 2017
Where was God when….?
Have you ever heard this statement? I have many times and in many places. It is a question that most Christians fear or even run from. I have fled this question many times fearing the thought of even thinking about addressing it.
The question, I’m sure, is almost as old as creation. The answer is not easy nor are the answers always going to appease those who ask the question.
We need to start by looking into the heart. Rarely will this question be asked without some strong emotion attached to it. Let’s be honest, most people ask this question out of anger and frustration. When we are in that state no answers settle us nor do we find comfort in them. In some cases people just want to ask the question not expecting an answer but being able to release their sadness or anger.
I wish to look at the issue with this train of thought: When we ask the question not only do we question God, we imply that we know better than He does. The skeptic has a field day with this attitude because it is used in the argument that man created god. Why do you suppose this is the case? Simply put man has created god, in his own image. We often will be in a room of a 100 people each one believes in God but no two are alike. Thus fortifying the skeptics reason for disbelief.
We are a wicked and selfish bunch. We want God to bend to our will and we offer up nothing in return, except a few shekels on Sunday to de-guilt ourselves. Perhaps a few good deeds. If we had His power and authority we would misuse and abuse it in an instant. I don’t care how pure your intent is, it would only be a matter of time before we messed things up trying to make them right. The biggest problem is foresight. We don’t have a lot of it. God has timeless foresight. For those that want to give me a jab for my words at the beginning of this paragraph just turn your Bibles to Jeremiah:
The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:9-10 NKJV
Please note what is said in the verse 10: As much as it pains us God knows what He is doing and what we need. He has a timeline and a purpose for that which He does and that which He allows.
We are selfish and would act accordingly. Let’s face it, we can always find ways to make the ends justify the means. If given the power over life and death for one person would we heal a friend or a stranger? It sucks but I know my answer. Though the intent appears good on the surface, the root is clearly selfishness and a self serving attitude. If I could heal my wife or a person that rescues orphans from ISIS guess who I would heal? Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get that one.
Is it bad to love someone so much that you would do anything to restore their health? I don’t thinks so, but at what cost? When do we cross the line? God creates the line, He always has the moral high ground and a plan that is woven through thousands of years.
I’m not going to ask, “Where was God when…,” anymore. I am going to work on trusting Him to make the right decision based on His understanding of things not mine. It is time to return to faith, not the works of our own minds and hands. If you have a problem with this then I suggest you think on this for a moment.
God asks you to give up your child’s life to save millions of other lives. What do you do? He did just that and only ever asked one person to do that but never let them follow through with it. Not only did He send a part of Himself, His unique and only begotten son to be a sacrifice, He poured out all of His wrath on Him and turn from Him. He did to Christ what he promised to do to us.
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.””Hebrews 13:5 NKJV
Jesus had to be removed for a time from that which He had been with for eternity. I cannot imagine what that was like, not even close!
When we can say we are willing to do the same, then we may consider judging His decisions. The beauty in it is we will never be in that situation because unlike the false gods of all other religions….. He did it for us. Not only does this separate Him from all others, it defines Christianity as fundamentally unique and different than all of the false world religions.
Where was God when…? Where He has always been. Waiting for His children t return to Him that He may show them truth and love like no father ever has.