Where is God?
As I’ve watched the news lately, it’s easy to wonder where God is this Christmas. If you don’t think there is loads of bad news, you just haven’t been paying attention. And not just on the news, but in the lives of those dearest to us there just seems to be a steady stream of bad things happening to good people. So if you’re like me, you have to ask yourself, “Where is God?”
In my prayer time this morning I did just that, or more like “Where is your power God? Why does it seem as if you are silent? What are you going to do?” I have to be honest; I really did not expect an answer – I was just venting – but almost instantly a strong sense of peace came over me. I struggled between allowing myself to enjoy that warm glow and arguing with Him about why He doesn’t do more to prevent some of the atrocities of the world and even in my family circle. Then He quietly reminded me of the following words from the Apostle James and that whether we want to admit it or not, He is not the source of our pain, but he is able to rescue us if we turn our hearts back to him. Won’t you take a few minutes to read and contemplate this modern version of a familiar scripture and let God speak to your heart…?
James 4:1-10 from the Message Bible:
“Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.
You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You’re spoiled children, each wanting your own way.
You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way. And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “he’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.”
So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”