Where Are You God?
By Sherri Holbert –
God’s Word tells us He works all things for our good. Why do we sometimes struggle with this concept when in the midst of stressful situations? Perhaps you’ve been laid off from your job. For a year you’ve been prayerfully looking for a new job to no avail. Now your savings account is almost depleted. You were faithful and purposeful in your marriage but your spouse didn’t play by the same rules and you are dealing with divorce. You raised your children with a solid, Christian foundation yet now find yourself dealing with a prodigal.
“God, where are You in this? Why am I going through such hardships? I’m spending daily prayer time with You, I’m faithful with tithing, I’m connected and serving at church. When will You show up and direct me to something better?” Have you ever found yourself asking these questions?
John Chapter 11 gives us three solid points assuring us that when we experience painful and difficult times God knows what He is doing:
1) God always has a plan. His plan will help us strengthen our faith. God will always work things out for our good (vs. 2).
2) God’s timing is always perfect. He’s not late. He’s not early (vs. 4-6).
3) God is building our faith in our circumstances. He is working in our lives to change us for His glory (vs. 11-15).
How can we apply these concepts to our personal life during tough times? We must seek God. Ask Him to teach us how to walk in complete trust knowing His plan is perfect. Hold on to the promises He has made to us through His Word in the following scriptures: Do not be afraid (Isaiah 41:10). Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). God will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:13).We have redemption through Christ’s blood (Ephesians 1:7).
PRAYER: Father, I am so thankful You are a God of purpose and plans. Help me focus on Your sovereignty when I am going through trials. When my faith is lacking and I question where I am going, help me remember that You have designed me for a specific purpose.
“God not only loves you very much but also has put His hand on you for something special” (1 Thessalonians 1:4 The Message).