It's the question you ask -
when you realize your life is not at all as you imagined it should be.
when all you have are questions and no viable options
when suddenly you've been dealt a tragedy.
when evil wins and good is dismissed.
when no matter what you do, it's not better.
when you step out in faith and fall flat on your face.
when you've lived your life as a good and faithful servant and something goes terribly wrong.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:45)
I go east, but he is not there.
I go west, but I cannot find him.
I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden.
I look to the south, but he is concealed. (Job 23:8,9)
Oh, that God would listen to me!
Has the Lord rejected me forever?
Will he never again be kind to me?
Is his unfailing love gone forever?
Have his promises permanently failed?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he slammed the door on his compassion? (Psalm 77: 1-9)
Do these phrases feel familiar?
Where is God?
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
But I'm not getting any answers; things aren't getting better.
I can't deal with this alone.
I just don't see why this has happened or how it will resolve.
And I am sure that God who began this good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again. (Philippians 1:6)
Here it is we find ourselves like David in Psalm 77.
He recalled the great things that God had done in his life and the history of his people; how that when the Israelites had the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh's army behind them (talk about being between a rock and a hard place) that "Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters- a pathway no one knew was there!" (vs.10)
He sought to remember that God is great and bigger than any and every thing.
And here quite simply we have to answer this question, in this way.
What is faith?
It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen and the conviction of its reality. (Heb. 11:1)
God is attentive.
God is aware.
God is in control
God has not abandoned you.
God is guiding you.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:20.21)
God is with you. (Joshua 1:9)
You keep track of all my sorrows
You have collected all my tears in your bottle
You have recorded each one in your book...
This I know that
God is for me.