Jesus died for me. He then rose again and soon ascended back to be with The Father. That means I do not have the privilege of seeing Him at this time. That can cause us to ask that question of where is He…especially when we are in turmoil or struggle. We are a visual people and this does seem important so how do we overcome this daunting question?
Here are two biblical thoughts to guide you when you wonder where God is but can’t get a physical bearing on Him.
#1 - Look for the evidence of Him. Jesus was talking to a man named Nicodemus about becoming His follower. Nicodemus struggled with Jesus’ Words because he was accustomed to seeing everything and doing everything required to be right with Him. In John 3:8 ‘The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit’.
I have never seen the wind but I have seen clear evidence of it by tornado damage. I haven’t seen it yet I hear and feel it howl in my home in Casper, Wyoming. We must train ourselves to look for God at work. This is a faith step but it is no more faithful than believing in the wind. I don’t see God but I see God’s Word (The Bible) and see God’s Heart in God’s People (followers of Jesus).
#2 - Trust the biblical evidence. In our bible text this week (Mark 6:45-52), Jesus has put His disciples on the boat and sent them across the sea. He is not physically present in the boat with them. The text teaches us that 'He saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them’ (Mark 6:48).
Burn that image into your mind. Jesus’ disciples are out on a boat and the wind and waves are making the going very difficult. They likely wonder ‘Where is Jesus…I don’t see Him’. Jesus is up on the mountain but has a perfect vantage point to see where His followers are. Whether He saw them with His physical eyes or His spiritual eyes matters not. The point is He sees them and knows their condition. They were not alone. God would not be surprised with their predicament. This Biblical promise is one for you to glue on to the life problem of wondering where God might be when you struggle. He sees you from a perfect vantage point. He knows every bit of your situation.
Look for the evidence of God today. Trust the biblical evidence of God today.
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