God, Where Are You?

 

e5de2bb1bdc467f8e6f465ca71b94030“Having been misunderstood by parents, forsaken by friends, and rejected by the church, I feel so alone. Where is everybody when I need them? God, are you there?”

Many people have been disappointed, betrayed and hurt by others. They feel rejected and abandoned. Could this describe you? It certainly described Elijah after his great feat on Mt. Carmel. The let down he experienced was overwhelming. He became disillusioned, discouraged and depressed. The rejection he faced was one of impending doom. Thus, Elijah fled for his life. Notice the sequence of events in I Kings 19:11-18.

Because Elijah felt rejected, he thought he was separated from God. So, Elijah began to act accordingly. First, he separated himself geographically by leaving the country. Next, he separated himself socially by leaving his servant. Then he contemplated physical separation by wishing he were dead. Elijah was hopeless, helpless and all alone.

However, God never left Elijah! God continued to speak to Elijah and sustain him. God provided Elijah with rest, food, protection, and direction. This was the Lord’s way of showing Elijah that he was not alone as he journeyed through life. God had made a commitment to Elijah and He intended to keep it. “Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God then demonstrated His power to Elijah through the great wind, earthquake, and fire. This was God’s way of reminding Elijah that He is real, alive and well able to take care of Elijah regardless of the circumstances. Afterward, God spoke to Elijah in a still, small voice. And then God led him safely on his way.

As God was with Elijah, so He desires to be with you. The moment you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God joins Himself to you in an inseparable bond. You become one spirit with the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:17). So, from the turbulent challenges surrounding your life, to the little everyday problems, He is always there. His promise is clear; “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). His care, and provision are all around you. “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You are safe and secure in Him.

God takes care of His own and He will take care of you . . . if you let Him. As you realize the Lord’s presence in your life, you can take comfort in His words. “Peace, be still . . . I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Mark 4:39, Hebrews 13:5). His indwelling presence will comfort, enable and sustain you wherever you go. You can be assured that God is faithful, and He will remain with you always. Living in His presence is now your permanent abode. Therefore, you are never, ever alone—in the Lord!

Copyright©1983 Dr. Lewis Gregory

Source Ministries International

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