Summary: A sermon examining the fact that God is with us no matter how difficult the circumstance.
Where Is God?
Where is God? That is a question that has been asked throughout the ages. Anytime there is a great tragedy people will ask...Where is God? Where is God in times of famine? Where is God in times of war? Where is God in when earthquakes and Tsunamis kill hundreds of thousands of people? People ask... Where was God when 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust? Where was God when 20 children were killed at Sandy Hook elementary school? Where was God during the Paris terror attacks? Where was God on 9/11? I find it strange that often those who claim to not believe in God are the first to blame Him when tragedy strikes.
As we consider our selected text David asks the Lord a question. He says "why should the heathen say, where is their God?". Apparently Israel had endured some difficult times. Now their enemies were taunting them for their hope in God.
If you profess to be a follower of Christ and you find yourself in troublesome times, it is almost a guarantee that you will encounter someone... perhaps a friend, family member or co-worker who will ask the question "Where is your God"? Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus cannot comprehend the peace that we possess even in times of great difficulty.
Maybe there is someone here today who does not know the Savior. Maybe you can't grasp the hope that others have when they are enduring great trials. I hope to show you where our hope comes from. I want to take a quick journey through the Bible and answer the question "Where Is God"?
Let's begin in Mark 4:37-39 and see that:
I. HE'S IN THE EYE OF THE STORM - (Mark 4:37-39) - In these verses Jesus and His disciples were in a ship. A great storm arose, the wind blew, the waves crashed and the ship began to fill with water. The disciples were greatly afraid. They went to Jesus and woke Him up. v39 says that "he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."
Those men learned a lesson that we need to learn today. Jesus is with us during the storm. When He sees fit, Jesus has the power to calm the storm. Maybe you are in the midst of a great storm today. Perhaps the doctor has given you some bad news. Maybe you have a marriage that seems to be headed for divorce. Things at work aren't going good. Even worse, some of you don't even have job at the moment. Maybe you are dealing with a rebellious child. There are bills that you can't pay. Your life is filled with uncertainty.
But with all that is wrong in your life, you have the proper perspective. You know that no matter what this world throws your way that you are child of God. You know that you belong to Jesus. And though the winds are blowing and the waves are crashing in, you are focused on the Lord. You know that your hope and trust is in Him. You know that there is a reason for the storm. You know that you have a refuge in the storm.
But while you are facing these circumstances you encounter people who just don't understand the hope that you have in Jesus. Maybe they mock your faith. They ridicule you for trusting in the Lord to see you through. Perhaps they ask you ...WHERE IS YOUR GOD? When troubles surround you and the world asks you "where is your God"? ...you can tell them He's In The Eye Of The Storm. Remember how the Disciples responded when Jesus rebuked the wind - Matthew 8:27 But the men marveled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! - Let your critics know that you can trust Jesus to see you through the storm because He has the power to control all of your circumstances! Where Is God...He Is In The Eye Of The Storm!
Moving on we will also see that:
II. HE'S ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN (Genesis 22:11-13) - In Genesis 22 God tested Abraham's faith. The Lord told Abraham to go to a specific mountain. When he arrived he was to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Lord. Obviously this was not an easy task. But Abraham's faith was strong and he obeyed. When he arrived he set things in order and pulled out the knife to sacrifice his precious son. Then the Angel of the Lord called out to him and said - v12 Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.