In the midst of the difficult circumstances we face in life and the tragedy and terrible events we see happen around the world, the question often arises, "Where is God in all of this?" In week 4 of our Jesus Is series, Bill Clark explores this question, allays our guilt over asking it, and reassures us that Jesus is present.
Jesus is Near
Jesus Is | Week 4
March 29, 2020 | Bill Clark
Matthew 4:1-11 NIV
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Where is God in all of this?
God is all powerful, therefore God can prevent suffering. But God apparently does not always prevent suffering. Therefore, God is either not all powerful or not all loving.
// JAMES MARTIN
We are not called to be dismissive; we are called to help.
Experience the nearness of Jesus.
Despite the tragedy of all this, this time is really a strange gift to us.
Opportunity to be still.
Let the ever near Jesus come to you and surprise you with joy.