I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. Job 23:8-9
In times of prolonged darkness, loneliness, pain and struggle, where is God? I mean, I know what the typical Christian answers are:
– He’s working behind the scenes to bring good out of my situation – Romans 8:28
– He’s up ahead of me, preparing my path – Psalms 23:2-3
– He’s teaching me an important lesson and as soon as I have learned, He’ll bring me through – Philippians 2:13
– He’s right there, I just need to be still and let Him fight for me – Exodus 14:14
I’ve actually posted about most of the above topics and meant what I said about them.
But right now, my home feels like a desert.
I can’t see Him.
I can’t hear Him.
I can’t sense His presence.
I miss Him.
My heart is very restless, seeking, searching.
You may not be in a similar circumstance right now, but my guess is you either have been in this wilderness in the past, or you surely will at some point in the future.
“The wilderness is where we will discover what we truly hunger for—God, or the things of this world? If we allow Him to, the wilderness is where God will strip away ungodly desires and will create in us a heart that desires Him above all else.” John Bevere
So, for all of us, I wanted to post some verses that remind us that God is here even when we can’t find evidence to support it. You may want to bookmark this post and come back to it when you need reassurance of where He is.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalms 34:18
In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:12-13
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1
The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. Psalms 138:8
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
So to answer my question, “Where are You, God?”, He whispers, “right here, child…right here.”
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12-14
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