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Where’s God? October 6, 2010

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Psalms 42
Christians are not allowed to have bad days. The general populous seems to think that God is like a genie in a bottle or a pet monkey that we carry around in a box. We let Him out when we want something. Then, He is supposed to give it to us without delay, without question. It just doesn’t work that way. “God is no respecter of persons,” (Acts 10:34) and does not answer to us. No, quite the opposite. We answer to Him. Very often, people ask me to pray for them. When they do not get their way, they complain that my prayer did not work. I jokingly tell them, “I’m in sales, not in management.” God does not answer to me. He is my Master, not the other way around.
In this Psalm, David is remembering the close times he has shared with God. At times God feels like He is so close we can hear Him breathe. Other times it seems our prayers bounce off the ceiling. Here, David remarks at how downcast his soul is. His tears have been his food. He seems to want to continue praising, but it is so difficult when God seems so far away. The question is, who moved? David seems to be remembering ‘the good ole days’ when God seemed so close. He felt God’s presence. Now, God seems so distant. David seemed to be suffering some secret internal struggle that must be common to all people. What it was is insignificant. Why it was seems more relevant. What is important here is that he was experiencing it and not finding the relief he sought. As a result, people mocked and ridiculed saying, “Where is your God?” Instead of finding compassion and understanding from other people who must know the anguish of a tormented soul, they heaped up insults against him. Every moment that passed that David was not rescued added to their evidence against him. They seem to suggest that God could not answer. That God was unable to hear or respond. That God does not truly care. That God cannot do what He claims or be who He claims. They seem to suggest that God does not exist. But, David knew better.
David remembered other times when God was near. He remembered the times that God seemed so close he could almost touch Him. Now, God seemed so distant, as if leaving him in his moment of greatest need. David felt forsaken. At the time he needed Him most, God was the furthest away. Who moved?
Have you ever felt this way? Do you know the feeling? Where is God? Why has He abandoned me at the point of my greatest need? Why does God ignore me? Seems to me that Jesus cried out something about being forsaken too. Perhaps when we suffer this way we are further identifying with Jesus.
God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. God keeps His promises though we do not always understand ‘how’ He keeps them. God answers in the way that is best for us whether we understand it or not. “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Where is God in your life? What place does He fill? Do you follow God out of a sense of convenience or out of a sense of devotion?
Proper relationship develops out of a sense of placement. We must realize our place within the created Order. God has created all things, including us. God has never left His post. He always hears our prayers and responds to them in the way He sees fit. He answers them in the way He deems necessary. God is not a pet monkey. He is not a genie in a bottle. He is not a good luck charm. He is not an employer that gives you the payment you deserve for what you do. You cannot earn God’s favor. He gives it unconditionally. God never changes. We change. We forget our place. We put restriction on Him. We make unrealistic expectations. This should never be. God is no respecter of persons, but He loves you unconditionally. He wants to abide with you. He desires a relationship with you. Once obtained, He never leaves us as orphans. He is unchanging. God does not leave us nor forsake us. We are the ones who stray.
Have you wondered far away from God? Come back home. Cry out to Him. He’ll hear you. You are not forsaken.

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