What really happens when we are going through temptation, is not that He leaves us to suffer alone, but that we leave Him for lack of faith. YAHSHUA said, blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted; blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account. Be glad and supremely joyful, for your reward in heaven is great, for in this same way people persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matt. 5:4,11-12). It is not proper for us to ask Him, God, where are You? His answer will always be, “Where you left Me”. He promised never to leave nor forsake us; no matter what the circumstance dictates. Time will tell, if we do not give Him up.
Calvary is a good place to go to at the beginning of our trials, in case we decide to doubt God’s Words. Although He is no longer hanging on the cross, history in its memory will open our eyes to perceive that we are the ones who left Him, not He us. Are we ever so perfect, and not deserving of His correction? “Search me O God and know my heart; try me O God, and know my thoughts; see if there is any wicked way in me and set me free.” Freedom comes after correction. Blessed are we when we are chastened by God, for it shows us to be His children. Suffering is a necessary “evil” to bring us unto relationship with God; it is the road to sanctification, with which we will be able to see God. In his trials, Job knew by faith the outcome of it, as he understood it to be a trial. In his longing for answers, he cried: Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come even to His seat! … Behold, I go forward, but He is not there, I go backward, but I cannot perceive Him…but He knows the way that I take. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as refined gold (Job 23:3,8,10).
Doubting God, will lead us only to frustration and ultimately rebellion against Him. His ways, and not our ways are perfect for us; therefore, we must submit to His way in our dark hours, as YAHSHUA did in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Not My will, but Yours be done.” Naturally, the surrender of the will to God is a difficult thing to do, when we are in control of our life. However, God loves the contrite and willing heart to follow Him. When we ask God the question, “God, where are You?” We find out that He never left us; but He remains at the same place where we left Him. Job cried, Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, is many times ours in the valley of sufferings. As God showed up for Job, He will do the same for us in His time. His faith sustained him in his trials, and guided by it, he believed that God, in His sovereignty, was performing that which He had planning for him. Nothing that he was suffering was foreign to God. Many Psalms, especially David’s reflect the longing of our heart for God. When in the wilderness of Judah taking refuge from Saul, he prayed, O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and weary land, where no water is (Ps. 63:1). In our trials we are not necessarily in a physical dry land, but in a spiritual and emotion wilderness. Many times, the emotions and physical pains keep us longing for relief that only God can bring. When we lose faith, our spiritual life becomes a “dry land where no water is;” with a desperate feeling of thirst and loneliness, and a desperate feeling of hopelessness, reflecting on these words: “God, where are You?”
The goodness of our Lord never fails us. When we pause from all the activities to think about Him, we can see it clearly in everyday from small things to bigger things. His faithfulness extends to all generations and in no way in His sovereignty He will abandon us in our most difficult experience. Our demands are just human demands and they do not move God to accommodate the urgency of our situation, when we walk away from Him. We are an open book to Him; He knows the outcome of our life before we are even created. You see, God is more involved in our life than we imagine Him to be. Psalm 139 describes how we are formed by Him in the womb of our mother. Verses 15 and 16 says, My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
Next time we are tempted to ask the question, “God, where are You?” Remember that if we do not know where He is, most likely, we are the ones who have left Him; asking where He is in times of struggles, establishes the idea that He is not truthful to His Words. He should be the One asking us the question, instead, just as when Adam and Eve sinned against Him and hid themselves from Him. He called to Adam saying, Where are you? Asking where He is, establishes also the thought that He is not faithful to His words.