When you go through a difficult season, it’s easy to wonder: Where is God in all of this?
Does God see? Does He even care? Why doesn’t He do something?
After watching the news this week, my heart broke over the suffering of so many people. When innocent people suffer unjustly, something in us questions like the Psalmist did.
Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10:1
If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, you’re not alone. Even some of the most faithful people in the Bible had a hard time reconciling their faith with reality.
King David was familiar with pain, difficulty and anguish. It distressed him when evil seemed totriumph over good. But he was also famous for how he responded to his troubles. Here are 3 things you can do when faced with uncertainty.
Turn to Him
When adversity strikes, it matters who you turn to.
At times, David struggled to understand where God was in the midst of pain. Yet instead of getting angry or depressed, he opened up the lines of communication. He went directly to the One in charge. David may have felt anguish over injustice but he let his feelings and frustration move him toward God rather than away from Him.
Train Yourself in Truth
David was famous for using the phrase, “but God”. He didn’t turn a blind eye to reality nor did he allow himself to be overwhelmed by it. David trained his brain in truth so he could put things into perspective when times got tough.
[The wicked] says to himself, ‘God will never notice [what I do]’…BUT, you, God see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you. You are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:11, 14
David didn’t always understand life but he understood God. His character remained constant regardless of circumstances.
Instead of letting his fear or feelings to dictate his view of God, David reminded himself of the truth. God’s word and character was his lens on life.
How about you? When you face difficulty, do you focus on the trial or on the truth?
What would happen if you challenged your fears with faith?
Trust His Heart
I imagine the disciples stood grieving at the foot of the cross, struggling to reconcile their faith with reality. It was the ultimate injustice. An undeserved death. The crucifixion stood in stark contrast to how they thought it would be. Instead of liberating them from the Romans, the Messiah hung on a cross.
But Jesus didn’t call on angels to rescue him. God didn’t part the heavens to explain Himself. The disciples didn’t lead a revolt or abandon their faith.
Where was God in all of this?
He was there. In the midst of it all. Hanging on a cross, experiencing the ultimate injustice so we wouldn’t have to. What seemed like a tragedy to men was God’s salvation for mankind.
God did the unimaginable. He chose to suffer on our behalf so that we could have eternal life and an intimate relationship with Him. He did it because of His great and deep love for us. God understands suffering and injustice on the most personal level.
Where is God when you go through pain or difficulty? He is with you.
He understands your pain and is right there with you through it all. So turn to Him. Believe what is true. And trust His heart.
He alone is faithful and true
He alone knows what is best for you…
God is too wise to be mistaken
God is too good to be unkind
So when you don’t understand
When you don’t see His plan
When you can’t trace His hand
Trust His heart.
(Babbie Mason, Trust His Heart)
*if you’ve never heard this song, it’s an oldie but a goodie!