You have probably experienced times, I know I have, when you felt alone and needed God’s comfort; one word from Him would have carried you a long way. But you couldn’t sense His presence, so you began to wonder—Where are You, Lord? To the best of your knowledge and awareness, you tried to live obedient to His Word; you followed the guidelines of faith, but with all your good efforts you still thought—Where are You, Lord? You knew God said that He would never leave you; you knew the Holy spirit lives on the inside of you; nonetheless—like a child reaching out to its parent, you needed the assurance that your heavenly Father was there—but heaven was silent.
Why, LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
(Psalm 10:1, NIV)
Lord—where are You?
Matthew 28:20 says God will never leave us—that’s good to know during hard times. The fact that hell can’t make a move without heaven knowing about it should ease our minds, also. But as troubling as “trouble” can be, believe it or not, the trouble isn’t the main issue, because heaven is monitoring that crisis (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). God is more interested in how we perceive what’s going on; the substitutes we use to take His place when we can’t trace Him in the darkest of dark times.
If you are a teacher, parent, coach or hold any position of instructing or training, you must at some point—test the students to see if they can apply what was taught. The same is true on a spiritual level. You won’t know the strength, or lack, of your faith if it’s never put through fiery tests. Without these tests, you might think you’re trusting God, only to find out you don’t have enough faith to blow out a candle.
I’m sure Peter was sincere when he told Jesus he would never deny Him, however, when he was faced with the possible consequences of that stance, Peter denied Jesus three times in one night (see Matthew 26:69-75). From Peter’s experience, we can see how easily it is to get caught up in the moment; we might think we’re functioning on a level in Christ that we’re not. The only way to put an end to this deceit is for our faith to be tested.
The test: The effectiveness of our faith to believe and apply Scriptures to our everyday challenges.
Test prep questions:
How intimate is my relationship with God? What should I do to become even closer to Him? How can I develop more trust and confidence in my own prayers? What must I do to exchange my fears, doubts, and worries for faith? How can I effectively use Scriptures in my everyday situations? Which Scripture(s) can help me with what I’m going through right now? How can I use these Scriptures as a sword against the enemy? What should I do to remain hopeful in the promises of God when I can’t sense His presence?
Helpful study tip:
Don’t wait until the day of the test to prepare.
We don’t necessarily have to pass the test with flying colors. Because each wobbly-rickety step of faith, is an accomplishment that will be credited towards our next trial as we go from faith to faith.
So, the next time you find yourself wondering: Where are You, Lord? Use your faith to hear Him say:
I’m Right Here!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.