June 14, 2016
“If God seems far away, guess who moved?”
This was the quote on the church marquee near my home a few months ago; “If God seems far away, guess who moved?”
In light of all of the terrible things happening in the world today, how often do we ask “Where is God?”
It’s a question that’s worth answering.
As a society, haven’t we done everything we can do to remove God from our lives? Have we not ordered him out of our schools, out of our homes and indeed, out of our lives?
And yet, when tragedy strikes, we have the audacity to ask “Where is God?” The world turns away from God’s perfect love and his salvation; until something terrible happens and then they call out to him for rescue.
We push God away, we ignore God, we get angry with God and we turn from him; and then wonder “Where is God?” We run from God and then blame him when it seems he’s turned his back on us.
We seem to feel that we have a vengeful God who spends his time orchestrating all of the trouble we experience in our lives.
The reality is anything but that.
A tragedy happens in Orlando, and our politicians blame the guns – or society blames God for allowing it to happen. As a society, don’t we have some responsibility too?
Haven’t we allowed militant fringe groups to intimidate us and remove the morals and values our country was founded on? Haven’t we retreated into the shadows and with tears watched our country shredded with political correctness? We fear somehow offending others, but give no thought to offending God.
Luke 12:5 reminds us “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.”
That’s a sobering thought, and one that we should pay attention to.
Instead, we make excuses for individuals who perpetrate these horrors and ignore what’s at the root of the evil. We order God to get out; and then wonder where he’s gone.
In our personal lives, we ask “Where is God?” when trouble comes instead of running to him for comfort. God never promised a life without trouble, in fact he promises just the opposite – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
The truth is, God is always with us; he assures us of that through his Word; “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Luke 12:5
The truth is God loves us; he loves us so much that he was willing to sacrifice his only son to save us; “for God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16.
Have you ever wondered why God seems so far away? If he does, guess who moved?