Can We Ask: Where Was God?

Where was God? 

  • When my daughter or son was diagnosed?
  • was hit by that truck?
  • was making such self-destructive choices?

Why didn’t He intervene? 

Instead of writing about this, I think I will refer you to one of my favorite mentors, Ed Welch, on this subject. Here is a link to his June 28th blog: Where Was God?

Dr. Welch points you to Job and to Jesus as ones who have suffered. He sets that question, finally, in Heaven. From that perspective, what we experience as waiting for so long, will be seen in our personal history as “in a little while.”

“For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay’” (Heb. 10:37). And the emphasis is on “a very little while.” A time is coming when we will tell parts of our stories differently. What is now: “wait,” will someday be: “for the briefest of moments.” What is now suffering will somehow be replaced with glory. (from the Ed Welch blog)

On the same website, are a series of blogs by different authors, on the subject of suffering. You might find other thoughts that are helpful to you as you seek comfort at Christ’s throne.

Here is one of my favorite passages of scripture that expresses the same idea:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  II Corinthians 4:16-18