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Where is God?

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When something bad happens, especially when it’s something so shocking and painful that we can’t even comprehend the how and why, we tend to ask the big questions.  Why would God allow this to happen?  Where is God?

I can’t even attempt to answer those questions.  Only God knows why He allows evil, sickness, and pain to exist in our lives.  Sometimes, we may feel that if our faith is strong enough, if we just pray hard enough, we are ensured  a peaceful, happy, successful, and financially secure life, without ever experiencing pain.  We fall into the trap of praying for the specific want or need to be answered in a particular way, and forget to add the part that says “not my will, but yours be done”. *

Lately, I’ve begun to realize what it means to truly trust Jesus.  It means to completely let go, and trust Him with your very life.  That no matter what happens, you trust that “all things work together for good for those that love Him”. **  Your trust in Jesus no longer hinges on whether or not you get the answer you want.  You trust Him and know that all things work toward your good, and also the good of His Kingdom!  We are all in this together, and all play an integral part of the beautiful tapestry He is weaving.  Only our Lord can see the complete, beautiful tapestry of His plan…we are only capable of seeing a veiled, partial view. ***

I always longed for a true relationship with Jesus.  In the past, I based the relationship on whether prayers were answered, and what God seemed to be “doing for me”.  It was almost as though if I did not get the results I anticipated, that either I wasn’t praying correctly, or God just wasn’t listening.

What I learned to ask myself is – what am I doing for the relationship?  I expect God to always be there for me.  Am I there for Him?  Am I meditating, spending alone time with my God and listening for His loving whispers? Do I align myself with Him, and make necessary adjustments or do I go about my life, making the excuse “that’s just the way I am”.  Do I stand on the Truth of His Word, or do I listen to the deceit and lies of satan…..through modern culture, political correctness, and the entertainment industry.  Do I make the effort to  choose what is most pleasing in God’s eyes, or do I make choices that are most offensive to the ONE who loves me perfectly and unconditionally?

We all have sin in our lives.  The closer we pull to Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to enter our hearts, we will notice subtle changes. It becomes easier to pull away from sins that were strongholds for so long.  When we struggle and fall, we look to Jesus to cover us with His forgiveness and grace.  Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed by the burden of a sin that is so strong within us, even after prayer, confession, and repentence, that the only thing we can do is totally surrender it to our Savior.  He is always there for us, loving us and waiting for us to let Him in.  What are we waiting for?

So my simple answer to the question “Where is God?”… He is all around us, and the most wonderful and joyful reality is that He is in each heart that invites Him in.

*Luke 22:42  Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.

**Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

*** 1 Corinthians 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

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2 thoughts on “Where is God?

  1. Wow…this is SOOOO me, I struggle finding ways to be alone in prayer or meditaiton, I have fillled my life up with so many things that I don’t always have time to just sit with God. And my prayer life suffers, I’ve never been a good prayer person anyway because I talk to Him all day long to sit and actually pray is a weakness I have but its something I have been working on. And as far as asking where God is during the hard times, I’ve been learning, especially this year, that God is most definately all around all the time, I think sometimes we forget that God gave us free will not just to the good people but to EVERYONE and so some of the evil that happens, happens because of the free will of the bad, and I think God watches how we react to it….do we yell at God and blame Him for letting it happen? Or do we accept it as part of the plan and LEAN on God for his protection from said evil? IF its bad news on a health standpoint, do we blame God, ask Him why we are being punished? OR do we use whatever our circumstances are to further His Kingdom and rely on Him for mercy and healing. We can always ask for healing but is it a healing of body we REALLY need? or a healing of the soul……??? Berni, great Blog today…really made me think….and take inventory of my own feelings. I have come a long way since I had that “major” problem you helped me through a few months ago….I just pray I continue to grow. Thanks for being there for all of us Berni…..YOU ROCK!!!! love you tons

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  2. Thanks for sharing…it’s good to hear eachother’s struggles as well as victories so we can love and support eachother. It seems to me, you are really working on your relationship with Jesus! The Holy Spirit is working in you and through you!!!! May God bless you, friend: – )

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