WHERE IS GOD WHEN I HURT?
The best way to answer the question where is God when I hurt? Is to first answer the question of where was He when it was fine with me? If I believe He was with me and answer prayers though I do not see or feel Him then, I should also be confidence he is still with me now!
Friendship and relationship are based and thrives on trust. Our doubt, anxiety, fear and agitation will reduce if we’ve had a robust relationship with God over time. For instance, if you introduced somebody to me as your friend I expect you’ll know his likes and dislikes, what makes him happy and what pissed off, If God is your friend and father, how much do you know about Him? Can you say about God what He said concerning Abraham Genesis 18:19 though He was yet to give him the promised child? Can you say like the three Hebrew boys in Daniel 3:17 (because He may choose not to deliver them)? Also, don’t forget friendship is made for both good and bad times. If you know him well enough in the day time you don’t have to doubt His presence during your night experience. Remember this scripture James1:17; Numbers 23:19. You’ll surely agree with me that any of your known friends is not anywhere near His credibility.
God is in that grief with you as promised in Isaiah 43:2 and He has not changed. He is like a loving father or mother waiting anxiously at the hospital lobby to the successful outcome of the painful operation. The pain is not physically shared but emotionally they are both in together. He told Moses about the condition of His people in Egypt Exodus 3:7. Don’t forget He knew it and said it over four hundred years earlier before it comes. So, He is not unaware of your pain, grief disappointment and all your earthly friends and spouse cannot comprehend.
Allowing you pass through the pain of injections rather seeing you suffer the pain of that ailment is one of the attributes of a loving and caring father. Your father will surely not prevent you from the bruises that come with falling off your bicycle as you perfect your learning experience. When you err from His will or chose his permissive will, He will not shield you from the necessary discipline you deserve so you can learn and come out better.
Sometimes God is silent to our prayers and agony if our request is not in our best interest. For instance, you don’t give your ten years old son a car as his birthday gift because that is not appropriate for his age. You will agree with me that in every relationship the best way at times to preserve the bond of that union is silence. God may be silent if He knew we will not understand His explanation or the answer may not be satisfactory to us. God never answered Job until chapter 38 of that book. Also, look at those responses of God you will discover they didn’t tally with Job’s grief.
We’ll all do well in our relationship with God if we admit that the acid test of true friendship is through difficult periods. Read what Job told his wife when the storm of life came calling Job2:10.
As you go through the darkest tunnel of challenges of life and you are tempted to ask the question where is God when I hurt? Always ask has He is ever been with me at anytime in my life and walk with Him? If He has, surely He is in here with you.
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Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.