Summary: Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you asked yourself “where is God?”
Where is God? Psalm 13:1
A couple 5th grade boys known for getting in trouble at school was accused of stealing the teacher’s cell phone she left on her desk. The principle called the boys to his office. Wanting to question them separately he brought them one at a time. Without coming right out and telling them what he called them to the office for, he only asked “tell me what happened?” The first little boy said, “I don’t know.” The principle repeated the question again, “tell me what happened and I want the truth." Again the boy repeated the same answer. The principle growing frustrated said in disgust, “Where is God?” Feeling defeated he sent the first boy out and called for the second boy hoping to get some information out of him. As the first boy passed the second boy coming in he told him, “We’re in big trouble.” The second boy said, “yeah, why?” The first boy said, “God is missing and they think we took him.”
That’s a funny story, but let me ask you a serious question.
Have you ever gone through a time in your life when you asked yourself “where is God?”
A time in your life in which God seemed distant? God seemed far away? You felt dry and empty spiritually?
You pray, but God doesn’t seem to answer.
You read the Bible, but it does not speak to you.
You seek God, but it seems as if He is hiding.
You may be going through a time like this right now or just came out of time like this. You’ve searched your heart and know that it is not because of lack of faith or sin.
If this happens to you, or better yet, when this happens to you, know that this has happened to others as well.
David, the man after God’s own heart, had this same experience. He describes it in Psalm 13.
Ps 13v1….. David is asking, “Where are you God?” “Why are you hiding your face from me”
There is no indication here that David has sinned. He hasn’t bailed on God. He’s kept the faith. He’s been faithful to God. Yet, God seems distant. To David God seems far away.
Have you ever been there? You called out to God, but He seemed distant? This is not the only time David has experienced this. In Ps 42 he says, “day and night I have cried out to you, all day long the people say to me “ Where is your God?” v3
Not only did David feel God’s distance, others saw it as well. They kept asking David, “where is your God?” David is now asking
“God where are you?”
David is not the only one who has experienced this.
Jesus while hanging on the cross bearing our sins felt a distance b/ween him and the father. He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
Had he forsaken him? Had he forsaken David? No. He has promised I will never leave you nor forsake you. Sometimes it may feel that way, but he hasn’t.
I want to share with you “What do you do when God seems distant?” I want to give you the answer to the question “where is God?”
First of all, when God seems distant know that……………………..
1. He is above you. Look up……. he is above you.
Deu. 4v39, Moses told Israel, “Therefore know this day…, that the LORD ... is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” God is in heaven above.
Ps. 115v3, David tell us, “Our God is in heaven;” Where is heaven? Up. God is up above. He is above u, just look up.
1 Chron. 29v11, says, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.” God is in heaven, exalted, head over all.
The next time God seems distant and you want to ask “where is God?” Remember he is above you, just look up.
Second, He is under you.
Deu 33v27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you;’
Mary Stevenson wrote this beautiful poem that has become famous. You are familiar with it. She wrote…………….,
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,