In a matter of weeks, our world has been turned upside down. As some of us struggle to adjust to the new normal, we may be asking ourselves, “where is God in all of this?” As we fear for our health, worry about our jobs, cope with our disappointment over cancellations, and maybe flat out fight for our sanity, it can seem like God has somehow lost control of His universe.
Can I remind you of something, friend? Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He’s still holding you in His mighty hands, and although it may feel like He has left you to fend for yourself, I promise you that He has not. The sovereign God of 2019 and all the thousands of years before is the same sovereign God of 2020. Our lives may have been pulled out from under us, but it’s not because God lost control of them. The King of the universe hasn’t changed at all…He is still on the throne!
I don’t know your personal situation–I don’t know how many sleepless nights you’ve had to endure or how many days you’ve had to run on empty. I don’t know how many times your family has gotten on your nerves or how many “I miss you” texts you’ve sent to your friends. I don’t know how many things you’ve had cancelled or postponed. I don’t know how many times you’ve found yourself wishing that this was over and that we could just go back to work, to school, to church, to camp.
However, I do know one thing, and that is that the God of unfailing love, inexplicable peace, and never-ending hope is still bigger than your most difficult trial. No matter how disappointing, discouraging, or devastating your situation is, it is not and never will be too dark to be flooded by the Light of God. God is still there for you and He sees all of your mess. From the most life-altering, mountainous trials we face right down to the most trivial everyday disappointments, God sees it all.
In times like this, it can be easy to think that God has somehow left us. Most of us have an abundance of questions: when will this end?–what is my summer going to look like?–will I still have a job?–what if my sick family member doesn’t make it?–the list goes on–and it can seem like there’s a shortage of answers to our prayers coming from Heaven. Let me tell you this: we may run out of masks and toilet paper, but we can never deplete God’s storehouse of wisdom. Even if it seems like Heaven has suddenly gone silent, it doesn’t change the fact that every single one of our prayers is heard. God will speak when He feels the time is right. He does NOT forsake His children or leave them without guidance.
You may be familiar with the story of Elijah on the mountain found in 1 Kings 19:11-13–“Then he said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.’ At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.”
Our world is chaotic right now with the coronavirus spreading like wildfire and earthquakes thundering left and right. Suddenly everywhere we go is a battle field. But I also want to remind you, friend, that God can always be found in the Secret Place. We are more than welcome to come boldly to His throne of grace and seek His face. In the midst of everything going on around us, we need to get alone (that shouldn’t be incredibly hard right now) and listen for His whispers. I’ve heard it said that God likes to speak quietly because it makes us draw nearer to Him. He wants more than anything right now to have a heart-to-heart conversation with you and to relieve you of your stress. Rather than turning the news on and being inundated with more reports of catastrophe, open your Bible and fill yourself with His promises and words of truth. It’s much easier to receive a revelation from God when we slow down enough to hear Him.
So… where is God? He’s right where He has always been: on His throne, watching over His children and guiding them in His Light and Love–in our day-to-day activities, giving us the strength to get through another day and reminding us that His hope is brighter than our pain–and in the Secret Place, meeting with those who call on His name and giving them His peace. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our God is still as present as ever, still as loving as ever, and still as in control as ever.
Run to Him.