Where is God? – Bible Study Day 23

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I Kings 15 – II Kings 5

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11 “…Suddenly Yahweh was passing by, with a great and strong wind ripping the mountains and crushing rocks before Yahweh; but Yahweh was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake; but Yahweh was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake was a fire, but Yahweh was not in the fire. After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”

I Kings 19

Introduction

Where is God? This is a question we ask ourselves when we come across painful or terrible things. We ask this whenever we see scores of homeless making their way down the street. We ask this when we hear about a school shooting. We ask this when children are victims of horrendous crimes. We ask this when we lose someone close to us. Of course, we believe Him to be absent during the painful parts, but surely we acknowledge Him during the happy moments. When a baby is born, when a terminal illness goes into remission, or when our career finally takes off. When times are bad, we ask God ‘where are You?’,  but when times are good God asks of us ‘where are you?’

Where is God?

In Isaiah it’s written, “In all their suffering He also suffered…” One thing to understand is when we are going through moments of tribulation He is there with us, and when we are going through moments of utter happiness He is there with us. However, perhaps it’s of little consolation to know that God suffers with us when we suffer. What people mean when they ask ‘where is God’ is not the curiosity of His whereabouts, but His ‘inaction.’ ‘If there is a God why isn’t He doing anything about the millions of people suffering in the world?’ That is the real question behind ‘where is God?’

When people ask God to intervene or prove His goodness, I never quite understand what it is they’re looking for. I know they want an end to pain and suffering; however, the result of free will includes consequences. There is no free will if there are no consequences; in other words, making a wrong decision will never result in a bad outcome. If there are no wrong decisions, then there are no decisions to be made, reached to its logical conclusion, sure the world will be an infinitely better place; however, people would cease to exist.

Conclusion

Pain and suffering are the results of man’s action. We can’t pretend bad things are supernatural occurrences where if there were a God then surely bad things would never happen. Of course, the counter is how convenient it is then to credit God with the good things and shirk the responsibility for the bad things. Logically anything apart from God is bad; the barometer we use in our clever minds to determine right and wrong is God. He is never absent from our lives furthermore He is everpresent. It is a unique fellowship with God where He doesn’t just sympathize or empathize with us, but He suffers for us. The invulnerable once again making Himself vulnerable for our sake.

*Note: This is not in any way implying victims of crimes must have done something in order to deserve being victimized. My point is when someone decides to do something evil, evil things happen.

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