Where Are We?

Where Are We?
Blog Writers - Thu Nov 14, 2013 @ 01:50PM
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Where Are We?

Do you ever look around at different parts of the world and wonder, “Where is God?”  We see starvation killing thousands – maybe more – each year.  We stand back and wonder where our loving God is when an earthquake or hurricane wipes out a city, when wars run rapid and people get malaria.  Even in our own hometown, we have friends that get divorced, people that get diagnosed with severe illnesses, and people who get depressed.

We can look around at the mess, and we can say “Where is God?” 

But the answer to that is simple.  He is here, always with us, steady, unchanging. 

So why is there starvation, why are there orphans, why do innocent beings die in their mother’s womb unjustly?  Why does it sometimes feel like good guys get persecuted and mocked while bad guys go free and are hero’s? 

Let me ask you something.  Did the Bible promise that we would all have enough clothes, enough money, a safe place to live?  No! Matthew 26:7a explains, “the poor you will always have with you…”

The Bible also makes the point that in this world you will have trouble.  As long as this world goes round, there will be trouble, and lots of it.

But why are we saying “Where is God?” when we really should be saying “Where are WE?” 

Where are we?  We know God is here with us, that He is working everything together for good.  But where, oh, where, are we?

Instead of wringing our hands in despair, or watching in the background, let’s look at what the Bible has to say.  

This from Deuteronomy 15:11: There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.

And this, too, straight from Psalm 82 3-4: Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

From the Prophet Isaiah in chapter 61 verse 1: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...

We see through these verses that we are to be doing everything we can to serve and love.  By His strength, we can preach good news to the poor, we can bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim freedom for the captives, and we can release from darkness for the prisoners.  On our own?  Nope.  With Christ?  Yes.

Jeremiah 22:16 echoes: He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" declares the LORD. 

This is what it means to know the Lord!! 

So how can we apply this to everyday life?

How can we say, "Here I am Lord, send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)?

  1. Invite the needy over. Show hospitality, kindness, joy to them.

Luke 14:12-14 amazes us: Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

  1. There are people in your own church hurting – write them a letter, bake them cookies, ask how you can pray for them.
  2. Get involved in some way.  Volunteer with a ministry or mission in your area.
  3. Donate to a charity or cause you are passionate about.
  4. Be sensitive to the needs around you.
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