WHERE IS GOD IN ALL THIS MESS?
WHERE IS GOD IN ALL THIS MESS?
“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would
see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.”
Life is full of messes. There are relational messes, personal messes, political messes, health messes, financial messes, social messes, economic messes – the list is endless. Christians live in an imperfect and fallen world. When we find ourselves in a big “mess” of a situation we can feel helpless as fear sets in. Many times in frustration to find a rational reason “why”, we end up blaming God, and some even lose their faith wondering if there even is a God. Let us briefly look at two Biblical heroes who found a blessing in the midst of their messes.
The first is Gideon (Judges 6:11-14). Israel at this time had no governing ruler. God was to be their king. When a need arose, God would raise up a champion to fight the cause. Under the oppression of the bad guys, God’s people, were reduced to starvation. It was as if God had abandoned them. He had to press grapes in secret at night. The Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon with the message, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” Gideon, living within Israel’s plight, in essence replied, “If God is with us why are we in this mess? Where is God in all this mess?” and “Where are all the miracles we have heard and read about?” He made the common mistake of thinking that Israel was entitled to God’s protection and blessings despite the nation’s waywardness from God. The fact is that God owes us nothing. We are all mercy cases!
The second Is David. In Psalm 27 he writes, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” David found God and a hope for the future in the midst of his messes. And he had a lot of them. In David’s life he suffered through many hardships. To name a few: he lost a baby boy that was the offspring from an adulterous affair. He was hunted by an evil king who dedicated his life to killing David because he was jealous. He dealt with his own family issues – the rape of his daughter by her own half brother and then the murder of that son by his another brother, a coup to overthrow his throne by a disgruntled son, an adulterous affair that ended up in murder and the loss of a child. This is but a small portion of David’s life story. He survived only by the power and grace of God. Throughout the psalm David goes back and forth remembering how God has delivered him in the past. This is what kept him going. The psalm starts and ends with patience, faith, and hope.
As Christians when life gets messy, we need to stop, listen for and follow the voice of God. It is about keeping our head and heart when all about us is a mess. We can entrust ourselves to the care of your all-knowing God. The message to take with us in hard times is that when we cannot see His hand, we can trust His promises, and realize that He has not forsaken us. When trouble comes, when we feel alone and our strength is weak, and we ask where God is in it all - remember that God is right there with us to see us through the trial. You have His Word on it.
The good news is that because Christ is with us in times of trouble, we need fear, despair, or give up. The grace of God can be found even in the ugliest messes of our life. We sing the chorus, “God Will Make A Way”, and we should live our lives as if we believe it.
As usual, see you next time and have a great day...