“Where is God when it hurts?”
We’ve all wondered that at some time or another. Tragedy strikes a loved one and we speak out our complaint. The confusion that reigns in our hearts causes us to cry out in pain.
Perhaps this past month has been a month of questioning or of doubting. You’ve faced incredible loss. You’ve weathered a chaotic emotional windstorm and your life is in shambles.
“Where is God?” you ask.
Though you do not feel his presence, he is with you. He has not left your side. He has not abandoned you.
Think back on the events that led to your puzzlement. When you were in the middle of those terrible circumstances, what happened? A friend spoke gently to you and peace flooded your soul. You received hugs from a dozen family members and found joy. The church prayed for you and God showed up.
Sometimes “where God is” is in the church – in believing family and friends. The church is Jesus’ body. It is his arms and feet. When you receive kind words and hugs and prayers, it is God personally expressing his love to you.
Be comforted. Put your faith in the God who has not forsaken you. Trust him and allow him now to use you to comfort others with the comfort you have received from him through his people.