Crisis Questioning

I know this time isn’t an easy time for everyone, and boredom may be the least of your concerns. Some of us are thriving in this lockdown, whilst others are really struggling.

A common question that can be asked during times like this is: “Where is God?”.

Where is God during this pandemic/suffering/hurting/fill in the gap…?

God is right in the middle of this situation. He is right in the centre of it. That’s where He can be found, both now, and in every moment of our lives – whether we are on top of a hill or walking through a valley, whether we are going through a bad situation or a good situation, whether we are celebrating or mourning – whatever we may be going through, God is there in the middle of it.

We may not know the answers to the question “why?”: “Why is this happening?” “Why are people suffering?” “Why are people dying?”, and the countless other questions. In fact, we may never know the answer to the “why” questions on this side of heaven. But one question we surely know the answer to is this: “Where is God?” He is right here with us, holding us close in His arms, loving us, comforting us, crying with us, rejoicing with us, hearing us when we speak to Him, and He is right in the middle of every one of our situations.

As God says in Isaiah 41:10: “Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand”.

Another question we know the answer to is this: “Who are we?” We are His beloved children, made in His image and loved by Him. We have been created to love Him and to love one another. Since we know this, we can use this time to help each other. This can be something as simple as calling someone and checking in on them during the lockdown period, doing the weekly shop for an elderly neighbour or unwell friend, or even simply sending someone an encouraging text message. Whatever you do, do so in love, as we are constantly reminded throughout the Bible.

Finally, because we know we are children of the living God, we can be assured that whatever happens, we do not need to be afraid, because God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

I’ll leave you with that.

With Love, Abi X

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