Where is God when I need Him?!

7 04 2017

hqdefaultPerhaps you have experienced this frustration with God, “I have asked and asked and I don”t get any answers. Where is God when I need Him?!” All of our Christian lives we have been taught how to pray to a God we are told is full of love and grace. We are told that we can ask Him and He will gladly help us. But, then, why at times doesn’t He seem to answer?

The faith teachers say that the answer is in knowing how to properly ask in faith. If we only had enough faith we would receive more from God, they say. Still, others tell us that it’s a matter of simply trusting that God’s seeming denials are actually His way of testing us or helping us develop patience. We just need to love Him more by total submitting to His will.

But there is a much deeper issue in place here having to do with the understanding of our basic existence. Our assumption has been that God and man are separated by spiritual and natural states. He is high and holy while we are earthy, sinful, independent beings. Because of that condition we are not sure that He hears us from His spiritual realm or cares to intervene in the earthly affairs of our lives, especially if we think that we have done something to displease Him.

We need to change our assumption that God is removed from us to rather, He is everywhere. He is all in all (Eph. 4:6; 1 Cor. 15:28). The thinking or “knowing” that we are separate from God is the result of Adam’s choice in the garden. Adam’s eating of the forbidden fruit placed a veil over his consciousness of union with God and resulted in his thinking that he was “separated” and apart from Him. Consequently, Adam hid when God came looking for him in the garden (Gen. 3:8-11). Paul addressed this issue with the greatest Greek minds of his day when he insisted that we all actually do live and have our being in God (Acts 17:27,28).  In other words, He is in everything (not is everything as pantheism suggests) and that everything has been created to manifest Him (Rom. 1:20).  This means that rather than believing that He is only external to us (which is the spirit of error), He is actually internal as well, living in our beings, even if we don’t realize it.

As believers, we have taken the first step in correcting our thinking by believing that Christ actually “comes into our hearts” (Jn.1:12; Rev. 3:20 ). The next step is to have our eyes, as Paul prayed, opened to the total truth of our existence in Christ and He in us (Eph. 1:17-19; 3:18,19). We come to acknowledge that He is in our lives totally, even in our pain and suffering. This was so powerfully illustrated in the movie The Shack. As “Papa” points out to Mackenzie, “…it’s hard for you to see me through the knot hole of your pain!”. And, as Jesus illustrated from the cross when He asked the Father to “Forgive them…”, He knew the Father was working in His life. He was expressing the very heart of God in Him.

But, what about Jesus’ cry, “Why have you forsaken me?” Doesn’t that show that even Christ felt separate from the Father? In that moment, when Christ was made sin (2 Cor. 5:21) – the knowledge of being separate from God – He cries out with doubt. Just as His flesh cried out in the garden, looking to be relieved of His impending suffering, Jesus experienced that moment of thinking that He and the Father were independent. Yet, each time, He came back to the truth, the Father IS there, in Him, working out His perfect will through the death of Himself in the flesh (2 Cor. 5:19). As Mackenzie sees and touches the scars on Papa’s wrists, she says to him, “Don’t ever think that what my son chose to do didn’t cost us dearly. Love always leaves a significant mark…We were there together.” And so, even though Jesus’ body was wracked by thirst and pain, He acknowledged the Father’s presence in Him and declared the “finished” victory over the spirit of error and releases His spirit into the Father’s hand.

There is so much for us to “relearn” in how we see God. As we do, it will radically change how we pray and even approach Him. As we see God living in us, working out His will through us, then everything we are experiencing, He is experiencing. Rather than think that He is not answering our prayers we need to pray that He will open our eyes to truly see Him in us and what He is doing as a God of love. Our prayers then become, “Amen Father, let your will be done”!

May you come to see God as your “all in all” and walk in His complete love and grace this Easter season.


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