Where Was God?

Have you ever wished you understood God completely—understood why He allows things to happen? This week we’re all reeling from the children who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut. To be perfectly honest, I don’t believe there are words that can bring comfort to those families involved. The hurt is too senseless, too cruel, to horrific to ever be bandaged with words.

It’s times like these we all wonder where God is…and where He was when events unfolded. With a son who’s been on the front-line twice during wartime, I’ve struggled with these questions. It’s difficult to accept why a perfect, loving God would let such evil proliferate in our world.

As believers, we know the Biblical answer—because man is sinful and because God allowed us free will. Translating that into actual application while my son was in Iraq was nearly impossible. Just like it must be for those families in Newtown.

But, with time and with God’s help, I’ve come to an understanding that allows me to have peace with things my human mind can’t comprehend—and that’s the essence of God.

He’s with us in our sorrows, even when we don’t understand why. God has a bigger perspective than I can even imagine. And I’m so thankful He does. Because, I have to tell you, if my God was small enough for me to understand, I don’t think He’d be large enough to worship.

So I don’t have to know the why because I know the Who. That one small change has made all the difference.

I encourage you to let the Who of God drown out the whys of this world.

Dear Lord, help us to turn toward you in our greatest times of need. Amen

Edie Melson

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect with her on Twitter (@EdieMelson) and Facebook (Edie Mahoney Melson).

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