Where is God?
Where is God when it matters?
Where is God when it hurts?
Why do we tend to quit seeking God when we think He cannot be found? Is this not the most important time to put in more effort to find Him?
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2 KJV).
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7 KJV).
At times the revealed glory of God stirs hearts and leads disciples of Christ to reflect the nature of their Creator. At other times the divine shines only dimly, radiating principally from secluded sanctuaries like monasteries. The divine never ceases to shine, however, even when societies choose to follow their own gods or erect self as god. God’s glory is simply marginalized by busy schedules, challenged by secular perspectives, and disfigured by cultural misunderstandings of God and his mission (Pocock, Van Rheenen, and McConnel 2005:162).
(By David for praise.) I will praise you, my God and King, and always honor your name. I will praise you each day and always honor your name. You are wonderful, LORD, and you deserve all praise, because you are much greater than anyone can understand. Each generation will announce to the next your wonderful and powerful deeds. I will keep thinking about your marvelous glory and your mighty miracles. Everyone will talk about your fearsome deeds, and I will tell all nations how great you are. They will celebrate and sing about your matchless mercy and your power to save. You are merciful, LORD! You are kind and patient and always loving. You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation. All creation will thank you, and your loyal people will praise you. They will tell about your marvelous kingdom and your power. Then everyone will know about the mighty things you do and your glorious kingdom. Your kingdom will never end, and you will rule forever. Our LORD, you keep your word and do everything you say. When someone stumbles or falls, you give a helping hand. Everyone depends on you, and when the time is right, you provide them with food. By your own hand you satisfy the desires of all who live. Our LORD, everything you do is kind and thoughtful, and you are near to everyone whose prayers are sincere. You satisfy the desires of all your worshipers, and you come to save them when they ask for help. You take care of everyone who loves you, but you destroy the wicked. I will praise you, LORD, and everyone will respect your holy name forever (Psalms 145:1-21 CEV).
God gave all of Himself to the world we live in and we must therefore seek Him as that. We must stop seeking God for ourselves only, but our seeking must include “God’s love and compassion, God’s sovereignty over time, and an outpouring of thanksgiving to God” (Van Rheenen 1996:40).
I want to encourage you to grow in your relationship with God, remembering His mercies and truths He poured out upon you.