People want to know where God is when a brother dies from cancer. When their child is killed in an auto accident. When their unborn child dies in the womb.
People want to know where God is when a family member commits suicide. When their marriage or family is ripped apart by divorce.
People want to know where God is when life as we know it falls apart.
Where is God when life falls apart? Maybe you are asking this same question today as you find your life, or the lives of those around you, falling apart.
When life falls apart God is seated on His throne. Just because we endure challenges in life does not mean that God got bumped off His throne. His own Son, Jesus Christ, told us very clearly, In this world you will have trouble. John 16:33 God never promised us a pain-free or trouble-free life. In fact, God may very well be using the difficult times in our lives as a tool to get our attention back on Him.
Just because bad things happen to us does not mean God has been dethroned or that He has lost control. As the psalmist said, God reigns over the nations, God is seated on His holy throne. Psalm 47:8 When your life falls apart, God is seated on His throne.
When life falls apart as a follower of Jesus you have the assurance that God is with you, always. One of the last things Jesus told His disciples before He ascended into heaven was: “And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Guess what eventually happened to most, if not all the disciples? They were killed for their faith in Jesus Christ. Where was God when they were beaten up and thrown into prison and forced to flee to another community because of persecution? He was with them every step of the way.
You need to know that God is not only aware of your suffering, of your life falling apart, He is familiar with such things Himself.
The Prophet Isaiah writes of Jesus; He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Isaiah 53:3 Know that God has not abandoned you when trouble comes into your life. In fact, God promised those who surrender their lives to Him – Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5 When life falls apart, as a believer in Jesus Christ, God is with you.
When life falls apart and you are not yet a follower of Jesus, know that God is patiently waiting for you to come to Him. When your life falls apart and you are not yet a follower of Jesus Christ, when you have not yet surrendered your life to Jesus, you need to know that He is patiently waiting for you! He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
God is also inviting you to come to Him, to be in a life transforming relationship with Him. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God wants you to find Him and He wants you to find rest, peace in Him. He is patiently waiting for you to accept His invitation to come to Him.
Where is God when life falls apart? He is on His throne. As a follower of Jesus, He is with you in your difficult times.
As one who has not yet surrendered to Him, He is waiting patiently for you, He is inviting you to come to Him.