“Why, O Jehovah, do you keep standing afar off? Why do you keep yourself hid in times of distress?”—PSALM 10:1.
A MERE glance at news headlines confirms that we live in “times of distress.” And when tragedy hits home—when we personally are affected by crime, a serious accident, or the death of a loved one—we might well ask, Does God see? Does he care? Is he even there?
However, have you considered the possibility that our expectations of God could be based on a faulty premise? To illustrate: Imagine a small child who is upset because his father has gone to work. The child misses his father and wishes he would come home. The child feels abandoned. Throughout the day, he repeatedly asks, “Where is Daddy?”
We can readily detect the flaw in that child’s thinking. After all, at that very moment, his father is working to provide for the entire family. Could our thinking be similarly flawed when we cry out, “Where is God”?
For example, some might wish for God to be an executioner whose primary function is to bring swift punishment on the perpetrator of some wrong. Others view God as little more than a celestial Santa Claus, whose role is to bestow gifts—a job, a spouse, or even a winning lottery ticket.
Both of those views assume that if God does not bring justice immediately or if he does not grant the favor we ask, then he must be insensitive to our suffering and unaware of our needs. Nothing, though, could be further from the truth! The fact is, at this very moment, Jehovah God is working to provide for the entire human family, yet not in a way that many are asking for.
What is God doing, then? To answer that question, we need to look back to the beginning of human history when mankind’s relationship with God was severely damaged—but not beyond repair