Do you remember that teenage novel? It helped many of us girls come of age, and some boys too, if you’re being honest. The girl in that book had some issues, teenage angst to be sure, but issues none the less and she knew where to turn. Even though she knew who to turn to for answers it did not make her question any less naive. As Christians we have learned that God is omnipresent (everywhere), omnipotent (with unlimited power) and omniscient (all-knowing) so how is it that we can ask such silly questions as “are you there God?”, “Can you hear me God?”, “Don’t you care God?” What do we expect to hear from Him after we have posed such child-like questions to Him?
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10 KJV)
The fact of the matter is this: God is always here, it is us who have abandoned Him. We walk away from Him but continue the veneer of religiousity in case others are watching us, but we forget that the one who saved us is always watching. We stop trusting in His truth, and hide behind our personal lies. We doubt God because it seems that it is taking Him to long to work things out for us. I know that in my walk I have at times become exasperated when it seems like God abandoned me, or just refused to answer me. There is no such thing as righteous indignation, so I will say that I was unrighteously indignant about God’s silence. The thing is that God, in His infinite wisdom, gave us free will because He knows us so well. I KNOW without a doubt that it was God who had me go back to college, but as a part-time student it gets exhausting. This is a personal example that I would like to share. A few months back I considered quitting school. I’m old, tired and felt like I was never going to finish, so in my mind I had this conversation with myself, or so I thought:
Me: That’s it, I’m dropping this class and quitting.
God: No you’re not.
Me: (shocked) But God I’m tired.
God: I am your strength.
Me: But God I’m sick of it.
God: I’m also your healer.
Me: Lord, I just don’t want to do it anymore!
God: Your will be done.
Right then I knew that I had to repent because I was being rebellious. You see, whether we realize it or not He is always there guiding us, helping us and encouraging us. But it’s easier to leave Him on the shelf until things go wrong and we really need Him. If anyone is old enough to remember the 70s show called “I dream of Jeannie” the Captain on that show would pick up his little dusty bottle and rub it and Jeannie would pop out and say, “Yes Master” and do whatever he wanted, well that’s how some of us like to treat God. He seems to only be worth seeking when we really need or want something, but in His omnipotence He already knows what we want and truly what we need, so we are wasting time doing that when all the Lord wants is worship and praise. “Are you there God…?” then becomes a redundant and ridiculous question because He is already here, there and everywhere and usually we know it’s Him when He is telling us to do or say something that we truly don’t want to do or say (like stay in school lol). I remember a scenario back in 1997 where my husband and I and the kids were leaving church late one night; we were on a dark and not well-traveled road when our car broke down. He told me to stay in the car with the kids while he tried to flag down a passing motorist. It was past 11pm at night and this happened in a pretty affluent area. I remember seeing a luxury car stop and my husband came to get us. In the driver’s seat was a middle aged wealthy looking Caucasian lady. I was super shocked to see her, because she was alone and she had no idea of what our problem was or what our intent could have been. She told my husband that the Lord told her to stop for us. You see, that is obedience to the voice of the Lord! To be honest, God and I might have had a small debate had he told me to stop for a big Black man that late at night on a dark road LOL, but I digress.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (John 10:27 KJV)
I said all of that to say this, we are living in perilous times and we have to know when God is plainly speaking to us. Stop looking for a “sign” because you won’t find one. Stop looking to a man for the answers because man is fallible. God is plainly speaking to His people and His will…it will be carried out regardless. Don’t be like the disobedient children of Israel (Numbers 11) who spent 40 years in the wilderness when they were on a 12 day journey. Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. If you are in a situation that is making you uncomfortable, ask Him, and He will answer you. Instead of believing that God is not there or that He has abandoned you, turn that title question around because we know that it is the opposite. God is saying,“Are you there (Insert your name here), it’s me God”. Will you answer Him?
Thank you to all of the readers who continued to visit this blog in my absence. I had to be obedient to the spirit, as hard as it was to do, but I know that God is in control of my life and the words that are put on this screen. I will continue to do HIS will through this ministry and to give you only what the Lord has me to say. God bless and thank you to each and every person who blesses this blog with your readership!