Where Are You, God?

“Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are desperate need. Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of Your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake. Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” (Psalm 79:8-10 NIV)

Not only are other nations questioning where our God is–those who claim to Believe are asking the same question. Of course the naysayers ask the question to belittle and ridicule Believers, but when Believers ask the question–we know the nation is truly in trouble. Why?

If Believers are asking God, “Where are You?” they have not understood just how close God is to those who Believe. It’s not a source of amazement for the unbelieving to ask the question, for they do not have access to Him through right relationship to know the answer to the question, but certainly–Believers–who understand God’s Word and are in right relationship with Him, should never ask this question. We know where He is–He dwells within us.

However the real problem is not in knowing where God is–since He is omnipresent–He is everywhere at the same time, but in knowing that He gives “all people free will” and will not force us to do anything. Therefore, anything we do–without specific direction from God is subject to failing or creating disaster.

Many people are asking, “Where is God when mentally disabled or challenged people shoot others?” God is right there in the midst of the shooting, but He will not force anyone to do what is right. So, the gunmen–in every situation–act without benefit of God’s instruction and they are prey of the enemy who hates all of us and when he can influence the minds of others to do evil–since they don’t believe in God anyway, they do evil.

But we must understand–in order to do evil–we must have a mindset that “desires to do evil” or the enemy would not have any power over us. People have to submit to the devil’s influence just like they have to submit to God’s influence. It is a free will choice we make when we choose to be influenced by any source.

So, now the question should not be, “where is God?” but rather where are we in a relationship with Him? Do we truly Believe or are we just religious, operating in rituals of out traditions that hold no true meaning of anything? I’m sure, when we stand before Him on the day we are judged, we’re going to discover that God will have more respect for the naysayers than those of us who claim to Believe, but never had a relationship with Him. He’s told us that He would rather we be–hot or cold–and not lukewarm because lukewarm, wishy-washy people make Him ill (Revelation 3:16 paraphrased).

Instead of us raising the question as to where God is, we should raise the question–where are we? I can imagine with all of the stupid things occurring in the world, that God is asking the question, “Where are my children who claim to know me?” Why would God ask this question? Because if we are His children, we would know how important communication with Him is and our obedience to Him. We cannot pattern ourselves after the world and the worldly way of doing things; He has called us to a standard of Excellence because He is Excellent in all His Ways and if we truly belong to Him, doing things His way should not be a burden to any.

Where are you, in your relationship with God? God is right here–waiting to embrace us in right relationship with Him.

In The World, Not of The World!

For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.

And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.

Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

“But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

“And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

“that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17: 8-21 NKJV).

The true Lord’s Prayer–the prayer that Jesus prayed in the garden just before He was arrested, says all that needs to be said about those living “in this world, but are not of this world.”

Be encouraged to stay in the faith and walk in God’s Truth (His Word), no matter what people of the world may say or do. When we have a relationship with God, we know we have His Truth and nothing the world does can persuade us to think otherwise.

Have a wonderful season celebrating the birth of our Savior and it is–all about Him!