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January 25, 2017, 7:55 AM

God, Where Are You?

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Have you ever felt like God was absent? There have been many times in my life when I cried out of God and yet He seemed silent? Why? Where was He when I needed Him most? Could it be He was present and I missed His coming due to my own preconceived ideas of how He ought to manifest Himself?

As I consider this reality, I am reminded of how the Lord spoke to Elijah while he rested in a cave after a great battle with the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 19:11-12). The Scripture tells us the voice of the Lord came to Elijah but it was not in the mighty wind, earthquake, or fire. Rather His voice came in a gentle whisper. A gentle whisper?! That seems quite unfair. Hearing such a voice would require we be extremely still and attentive. Perhaps, that is the point.

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” Did you catch that? The Lord is always present even in our darkest hours. He comforts us in all our troubles. We simply need to be still enough to hear His voice, receive His comfort, and then go forth and share that same comfort with others.

Elisabeth-Paule Labat writes: “God is in fact always passing into the everyday and often colorless fabric of the life of each one of us. This everyday experience may even be the sphere into which he prefers to introduce his grace. The slightest event in our lives and the least discernable movement of his grace point to the passing of his justice and mercy into our lives and to his desire to appeal to our faithfulness and to draw us toward him. He passes in this way among us in order to fashion us into his form and likeness and to perfect us in his love. Sometimes he does this slowly and silently, acting like drops of water that take so many years to hollow out the rock, and with so much discretion that we are hardly aware of it. At other times, he acts so quickly that he takes us by surprise… If we are to perceive the Lord’s passing and be aware of its significance every time it happens, we much become very sensitive and intuitive and be quietly open to his presence and faithful to it.”

Let us pray together: Almighty God, you are ever present in the world around me, in my spirit within me, and in the unseen world above me, let me carry with me through this day’s life a most real sense of your power and your glory. Hallowed be your name. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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