Where Is Our God?
Chaplain Aleesa J. Naish
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
When considering recent events taking place in our country, one might find themselves wondering, “Where is our God?” Snipers shooting at police, rioting in the streets, babies dying from neglect and abuse, random school shootings with kids killing kids, and the list goes on. We hear the cries of a parent’s pain as they learn of the death of their child. We see the faces of children experiencing the hurt of losing a parent killed by violence and hatred. We touch the bruised skin of a baby struck by the hands of his father. So we ask, “Where is our God?”
The people of Israel posed the same question. Living a life of slavery, scarcity, and suppression led the Israelites to believe that they had been abandoned. The book of Lamentations, a collection of poetry, expresses the pain and sorrow of God’s people. Their laments are as heart wrenching and genuine as the cries we hear today. So, “Where is our God?”
We sing the words of Thomas Obediah Chisholm,
Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not as Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see: All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
Yet, we still find ourselves questioning the presence of God in our trials. Rather than asking, “Where is our God?” maybe we should be asking ourselves, “Where are we?” God has not abandoned nor forsaken us. He is where he has always been and always will be—with us every moment of every day. God is in the caring eyes of a rescue worker looking for someone in need. He is in the gentle hands of a nurse caring for the sick. God is in the loving embrace of an army wife welcoming her husband home. And, He is in you and me as we embody the presence of Christ in a world needing to feel the depth of God’s love; in a world of darkness looking for light; and in a world longing to experience the new mercies we may all see.
Prayer: Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father. All I have needed you have provided. Great is your faithfulness, Lord, unto me!