BY REV. DAVID NIX - ANCHOR CHURH — SPIRIT LAKE
Where is God?! How could this happen to me? How could HE LET THIS HAPPEN?! Why wasn't he there when this happened. How come God is not at my side when I need him most?
If you've known someone who has said this during a tragedy, or if you yourself have uttered these words during a time of unimaginable suffering, you are not alone. You are in the company of some great people. Joseph could have asked that question: Where was God, when Joseph was being sold into slavery, by his brothers? When Potiphar’s wife tried to get him to sin and he did what was right and found himself in prison. Where was God for Joseph? He was with him every step preparing Joseph for the day that he would save a nation from starvation and would stand before his brothers and proclaim that what "they had meant for evil God had meant for good."
David could have asked that question. When Saul was jealous and was trying to kill him with a spear, when he had to live and hide in the caves and longed for the water from the well of Bethlehem, when he and his men had gone out to battle only to return to an empty camp and found that their families and possessions were gone, where was God? He was right there with David, protecting him under the shadow of His wing for the day that the nation of Israel would call him king.
Job could have asked that question. Here is a righteous man. He Loves God. Finances are lost. Family is murdered. Health is gone. Where was God for Job? Proving that in spite of the tragedies of life, He is God. Just because you may do everything right, it does not exempt you from the attacks of the enemy. Job 1:21 — Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Through it all, Job maintained his resolve and commitment to God.
When a terrible event happens in our lives, it's easy to ask why God let that happen. It's easy for us to want the answers, and it's sadly easy for us, even as faithful Christians, to blame God. Do not blame God. I'll say again, do not blame God. Ask God for mercy. Pray to Him for a better world, but do not lose your faith and blame God.
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalms 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Psalms 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
God is there in the middle of your storm with you ready to wrap His arms around you and love you through the storms of your life. God has a plan for you. You may have heard that many times before, but there is a good reason that it's repeated so frequently. God knows all. He has all the power, he works for us, but only according to His plan for us. In the end, if you have faith, if you trust him and try your best to live life as an ideal Christian, you will be fine. Take comfort in knowing that God is by your side.