After a Sunday service in my home church, I was heading out of the sanctuary, when I was interrupted by an elderly lady and in a desperate voice she blurted out these questions, “Why are you so happy? Why is the devil only attacking my family? Why is God not answering my prayers?”
I don’t remember how I responded to her on that day, but her questions continue to ring persistently in my heart. She didn’t necessarily have an issue with my happiness, what she was really asking was, where is God when I’m hurting? Why don’t I see the miracles that everyone else is experiencing? Why is God silent when it comes to me?
We all have moments like these, and answering these questions are daunting.
I can’t promise you that this single blog post will answer all your questions, but let me offer you the little I have learned, and it’s my earnest desire that it will bring hope into your life.
Don’t mistake silence for absence
Pain often makes us think there is no God and if there is one, He is not concerned about our life. Some have even concluded God is apathetic. The Bible is punctuated with times that seem like God is on a break and He wants nothing to do with us.
Irrespective of how we feel, the truth is God never left us, it’s contrary to the nature of God to abandon us, however, from time to time we do experience God’s silence in our lives.
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God’s silence can be pure frustration, and often seems purposeless. It makes us wonder what joy does God get in seeing us struggle. Contrary to logic and all the animosity we may feel toward God, the truth really is that He has never left us and surely gets no joy or satisfaction in seeing his children suffer.
What then is the point of the silence and the apparent lack of interest?
For God’s glory and our goodness
Everything He does brings glory to Him and goodness to man. Write that down somewhere where you will be constantly reminded of it, maybe on your fridge. Everything, and I mean everything that God does will ALWAYS bring glory to God and goodness to man!
1) For God’s glory
The highest purpose of creation is to bring God glory. Everything was created for His purpose and His glory. It’s humbling to think that temporal, fragile and limited beings like us can actually be of consequence to God, let alone bring Him glory.
So, let’s settle it in our hearts, the highest purpose in our life is to bring God glory. Through the good times and the bad.
Not only is God present in our lives, no matter how insignificant it may seem but He is actually going to get Glory from our lives. Pain adorns purpose when it brings God glory.
[tweetthis url=”https://goo.gl/f1HnUi” twitter_handles=”@hariraopawar”]God has never left us and surely gets no joy or satisfaction in seeing his children suffer. [/tweetthis]
2) For man’s goodness
Before you conclude that God is some sort of an egomaniac who is only concerned about His glory, let me stop you and add this, God’s glory will always result in man’s goodness. Every time God gets glory it will eventually be for man’s benefit.
[tweetthis url=”https://goo.gl/f1HnUi” twitter_handles=”@hariraopawar”]the highest purpose in our life is to bring God glory. Through the good times and the bad. [/tweetthis]
Remember, God doesn’t have to be loud or even make himself known in a tangible way, for Him to be working in our lives. So, when God seems silent or absent in your life, remember He will bring glory out of your situation and goodness to your life.
Consider, Christ on the cross, He cried to His Father, why have you abandoned Me and heaven seemed silent and God absent on that day.But on the third day Jesus rose again victorious over sin, sickness and death, bringing glory to God and salvation to mankind.
So, where is God, when you are hurting? He’s right in the middle of your life working things out for His glory and your benefit.
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