Sometimes its just one of those days, one of those weeks or Lord help us, one of those months. There is so much going on in our communities and the world. In fact I have really cut back on the amount of news I watch, because it is quite often discouraging to see the number of reports of violence. It can make you wonder, how much worse can it get? It’s as if humanity has fallen victim to itself, leaving many people asking, “God, where are you?”
Seeing his people enslaved and abused by taskmasters, I’m sure Moses wondered, how can God see injustice and not do anything. It happened again when Blacks were enslaved in the South. Men and women created in the image of God held in bondage by other mere men. Today it is rampant again as some people are being plucked from a life of freedom and held captive as part of the sex trafficking industry.
So where is God?
Well I believe He is right here. He is there. He is everywhere. He is omnipresent. One of His names is Jehovah-Shammah, which means, the Lord is there. So wherever you are, the Lord is there.
I’ve long ago learned not to question God, but instead to look for Him in every situation. Even when things seem to be in dire straights, God is still in the picture. I honestly don’t know all about why God allows things that seem unfair to happen, but I choose to trust Him and I suggest that you do too.
Think about it, we can take on an evil world on our own, and succumb to the discouraging picture or we can take on the view of the Lord God Almighty and trust that He will work things out for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose. The truth is that unless we accept the life giving spirit of the Lord, we may find ourselves living in a self-created form of bondage.
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” -2 Kings 4:1
I imagine this woman was thinking I can’t take one more thing, so she confronted the Prophet. She followed his instructions and collected jars from others and began to fill them. Her small jar of olive continued to pour enough to fill all the jars she’d collected, so she could sell it, pay her debt and live off the rest. To me that oil is a symbol of God’s provision today. He is our source and He is enough.
So whether it’s an issue on your job, a challenge with a troubled child, or your bank account, know that God has provided a solution – His son, Jesus. That’s what the Easter story is all about. So before you let someone’s tone of voice push you over the edge, remember God is there.
And Jesus is enough, even when it’s one of those days.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.