Today’s reading is Psalm 42.
Twice, the psalmist is asked, “Where is your God?” Once when he’s in the drought. Once when he’s in the flood. There is nothing worse than feeling abandoned by God except possibly when the people around you are reminding you that you are abandoned by God.
“If you and God are so close, why isn’t He doing something about your situation?” “If your God was real, why is He letting this happen to you?” “If you really are God’s child, wouldn’t He take better care of you?”
And in this, we find Jesus. Isn’t this the temptation the devil offered in the wilderness? “If You are the Son of God, turn this stone to bread.” That is, “If You really are God’s Son, surely He wouldn’t let You starve.” “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself off this pinnacle. God will save You.” That is, “If You are really God’s Son, surely He wouldn’t let you get beat to death.”
And isn’t this what the people at the foot of the cross were saying. “If you are the Son of God, come down.” “He trusts in God, let God deliver Him.” All of this is just another way of asking, “Where is your God?”
So, let’s not be surprised when people ask us the same thing today. God doesn’t always work exactly as we expect. He certainly isn’t going to kowtow to the enemies and act at their beck and call just to prove Himself to them. Therefore, they will accuse us of being abandoned. Worse, they will accuse our God of not even existing. “Where is your God?” they will say.
One day He will answer. And His reply, if they have not given their allegiance to Jesus before that day, will be more than they ever bargained for.
Let us confess Jesus as Lord and bow our knee to Him before that day.
Discuss the Following Questions with Your Family
- What are your initial reactions to the psalm and the written devo above?
- Why is it so easy to get discouraged when folks in the world around us deny God’s existence?
- What tempts us to doubt God’s existence or care at times?
- What advice would you give to help us grow our faith in God who cannot be seen?
- What do you think we should pray for and about in light of this psalm and our discussion today?