Sherwin Jun is a student writer, taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English at Central Philippine Adventist College.
Where are you, God?
Depending on the kind of response you're looking for, how you phrase your question matters a lot. If you are attempting to learn something about God or are having difficulty with something you observe in life, it will be obvious from the tone of your speech and the expression on your face.
I had many doubts once my life started to fall apart. In the midst of my problems, I ask myself, "Where is God?"
I had some difficult questions to ask God, and I wanted to hear His answers, if He would for all I had fought so hard for to go so disastrously wrong.
We humans easily grumble when faced with hardships and problems in life, asking God why he allowed it to happen without even seeking his help through prayer and direction to get through the difficulties.
Three Reasons Why We Question God's Goodness When Everything Fails
1. Does God actually care about my well-being?
God foresaw that we would occasionally become so overcome with dread and doubt that we would fail to recognize his benevolence. Because of these challenging circumstances, we frequently wonder if God really loves us or can be trusted going ahead.
It was the same with the Israelites. When there didn't seem to be any hope of relief, they were forced to endure extreme situations.
But God gave them a reason to trust Him, saying, ”For I know the plans I have for you—plans to prosper you and not to harm you—plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Although we might anticipate that God's actions in the here and now won't always make sense, we can cling to the assurance that He has wonderful things planned for the future, including opportunities for us to thrive and a purpose for which to live. Plans to provide us with a future even during our darkest moments and hope when we are about to give up.
2. Is the best really yet to come?
The debilitating sorrow and loss left in the aftermath of our past are frequently the cause of our inability to see the best in the future.
A man named Job in the Bible experienced total loss, including his home, all of his children, his riches, and his health.
Job frequently questioned whether God was paying attention to his suffering or, worse yet, if God even cared. He was so overcome with sorrow that, out of concern that he would have nothing left to live for, he begged God to take his life. But Job also took a surprising action. Job offered worship to a god he couldn't fathom.
3. Do I truly have God's unfailing love?
Maybe sometime along the way we made a mistake, a slip-up, or some poor decisions that have us convinced we are the exception to God's love.
The same was undoubtedly true of David when he disobeyed God, made a married woman pregnant, and then killed her husband to hide his secret from being discovered.
Where Is God in All of This?
"Where is God?" is a common query. "Because we are attempting to comprehend why there are so many troubles since God is present in all situations."
But Jesus told His followers, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Life will be challenging, but Jesus assured us that everything will work out in the end. He extends His presence to us through everything that life has to offer up to that point. Jesus left us with a promise as his final gift before ascending to heaven.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “'If you can'! All things are possible for one who believes.” And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Always keep in mind that God is still working with you. He finds joy in you. Come to Him then, just as you are, and tell Him how you got off track. According to the poem "Footprints in the Sand," God never abandons you through your darkest hours because, at those times, there is just one footprint in the sand since God carried you.
© 2022 Sherwin Jun Macawili