Where Was God?
“Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:21, NKJV
The story of the death of Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, is recorded in the eleventh chapter of the gospel of John. From that story, I have chosen only verse 21 for our scripture this morning.
This verse reveals to us the struggles of humanity to face the difficult times that come into our life.
Martha questioned the faithfulness of Jesus and told Him plainly, “If You had been here, Lazarus would not have died.”
It could be said that Martha was asking Jesus, “Where were you when this happened?”
Our mere humanity struggles with such tragedies as death. It is well recorded in both Testaments in the Bible that Human Suffering was important to God.
We must be willing to admit that there are some things we will never understand and there are some things that happen in our lives to which we may never find the reasoning for such events. Those secrets must remain with God.
Our greatest comfort during those impossible times will come in the form of such verses as, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39, NKJV