In the midst of challenging circumstances, it common to ask, ”God, where are you?” When life is difficult, we feel alone, scared, and vulnerable. It can be uncomfortable to lean on others. We can questions how God could let something like that happen.
A friend shared his testimony at church. He shared about the deaths of both of his sons. I can’t imagine losing a child let alone two. Then he said, ”God didn’t do this to me.” I was shocked. This isn’t the perspective I hear from those who have lost a child. I know I would want to blame God. He didn’t. He went on to say, ”God’s been with me every second.”
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV.)
10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139: 7-10 ESV.)
My friends example of deep faith inspires me. It challenges me to look for God in dark places and deep pain. It reminds me that I am never alone no matter how alone I feel. Scripture tells us there is no where we can go to escape God, and that He will never leave or forsake us. Leaning into that promise takes intent from me. It is easier to assume I’m in it alone and wonder, ”God, where are you?”
Do you ask, ”God, where are you?” Are you willing to lean in to God in the dark times when the pain is severe? Do you see God with you, or do you feel alone? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.