Where in the world is God? My conclusion.
I have asked this aloud when my grandparent passed away. I asked this when I was picked on at school. I have wondered when I read an article about two kids joyriding at 2am and crashed into a tree, never walking away from the accident. We have horrible flooding in some parts and massive fires through California. There are several instances that occur where there is such horrridness you can’t help to call out to God, “Where are you?”
We often think when a situation occurs where someone dies, nooooo! It doesn’t matter the age, the response of hearing anyone pass is always with a somber thought. They had more life to live, they were taken too early… no! No! No!! There is one situation I want to discuss. It’s not about God immediately being a hero and recovering the situation, but it does answer “where are you God?”.
Ancient Aram (now Syria) was at war with Isreal, and the King of Aram was disturbed that the prophet Elisha was able to predict where Aram’s army was preparing to go. So Arams king decided to send this massive troop of soldiers to the city of Dothan to capture Elisha, so that Elisha wouldn’t be able to help Isreal win the war. 2 Kings 6: 13So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him.” And it was told him, saying, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” 14He sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
Elisha’s servant is petrified. In his mind he knows what the usual outcome from something like this is, they will be captured or killed.
Elisha’s reply to his servant doesn’t make sense…. 16So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Elisha’s servant is dedicated. He has followed Elisha. Watched what has unfolded. He trusts his master. Whatever he is told to do he does it without question. Elisha’s servant doesn’t quite understand what Elisha is saying.
17Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Strike this people with blindness, I pray.” So He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 19Then Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, nor is this the city; follow me and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he brought them to Samaria.
The Aramean king stupidly thought that he could send troops and take Elisha captive. Didn’t he realize that Elisha would know this in advance, too? Elisha could have hidden himself, but he knew that God wanted to solve this problem in a way that would teach the Aramean king and the king of Israel some lessons about the reality of the living God. God knows everything. We are foolish to think that we can hide anything from Him. He knows all our secret thoughts, let alone words and deeds. His Word reveals to us what we need to know about how deal with life’s problems, whether major or minor. We can go to Him for the wisdom we lack. God is able to deal with any problem you have, no matter how big it is to you. Our God is omniscient and omnipotent. He spoke the universe into existence. You may be thinking, “That’s nice, but it doesn’t work for me the way it worked for Elisha. If only I could utter a short prayer and all my problems were instantly solved just like these soldiers were struck blind!” The Lord is stronger than the most powerful enemy we can conceive of. He’s protecting us even when we aren’t aware of it. Elisha’s servant slept peacefully all night, not knowing that these hostile forces were surrounding him. When he saw them in the morning, he panicked. But God’s protection was there, even though he couldn’t see it. you still may be thinking, “That’s great when it all works out as neatly as it did with Elisha. But what about when God’s people go through horrible trials and even death? Some godly people suffer for years or die through disease or persecution. Where is God’s protection then?”
The Lord provides a clue in a minor detail of the text that we might easily miss. Did you notice where Elisha was when this army surrounded him? He was in Dothan (6:13). It seems like more than coincidence that this town is mentioned only one other time in the Bible. It was the town where Joseph found his brothers when his father sent him to find out how they were doing (Gen. 37:17). He hadn’t been able to locate them and he was wandering in a field when a man told him that they had gone to Dothan. When Joseph arrived there his brothers threw him in a pit and were about to kill him when a caravan passed by heading for Egypt. So instead they sold him into slavery. After many years as a slave and prisoner, God finally appointed him over all Egypt under Pharaoh. As he sat in the pit in Dothan or as he traveled in chains to Egypt or as he sat in chains in the Egyptian dungeon, Joseph never had a vision of chariots of fire surrounding him. Where were the angels and chariots when Joseph was suffering? Joseph later looked back on the years of trials and told his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Gen. 50:20). Even though he didn’t see any angels and even though he went through years of agony, Joseph knew that God was sovereignly directing all of his circumstances.
Are we like Elisha or Joseph? Sure we have the benefit of seeing how the story begins and how it ends but would we have calmly walked in their shoes? God is always around us, guiding us and our situation. Look at Joseph and how many times he was thrown away, almost killed. Look at how he did his very best as a prisoner, Joseph impressed the guards. Do you think you do your very best around people who may not appreciate your work?
God is everywhere. He is all around us. He leaves our side when we think we are better or bigger then God is. Don’t test God, and don’t test spirits for spirits do not come from God but from the devil. Prayer is powerful. Pray to God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to guide you in your life. Pray from your heart, not just words with no meaning. God listens when you ask Him questions, when you pray for Gods guidance. Ask God to guide you.