A Christian man was apprehensive as he considered what lay before him. A close friend had lost his teenage daughter in a tragic car accident. He planned a visit. Knowing his friend, he knew the question would come – “Where was God?” How do I answer him, he pondered.
In the 42nd Psalm, the writer speaks of the inner turmoil he wrestled with day and night. His tears continually spat out the question: “Where is your God?” (v 3). Not only did his inward life torment him, but from the world around came the caterwauling, “Where is your God?” (v 10). From within, from without, there are times in our lives when that question begs an answer we’re not sure we have.
Where was God? Where is God?
Where is the answer for those pleading tears from within, for those condescending voices from without…even for a grieving father? Scripture asks where, but in a different way: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” and then answers, “If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
The Apostle Paul tells us men seek and grope about in hopes of finding the whereabouts of the Lord, but in fact, “…He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17: 27-28)
God is “Where-ever”.
I like what Oswald Chambers brings to this: “Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is easy as breathing to remember – Why, my Father knows all about this!…There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him. God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not; He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not; He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not. Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.” (My Utmost for His Highest)
Where??? God was there. God is there. And God will be there. Honestly, I think the more challenging question each of us needs to be asking is “Where am I?”