These all look to You to give them their food in due season. When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things. When You hide Your face, they are dismayed…” Ps. 104:27-29
Since Creation began there have been moments where the creation has felt like God has hidden His face from them. All throughout the Pslams you can see the questions, posed, “Why do you hide Your face from me? Why are You so far from helping me?”
Before that, Job asked, “Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?” We even heard Jesus, from the cross, ask, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Because we look to God for all things, it is in our moments of sorrow, pain, anxiousness, or uncertainty; it’s in the moments of silence that we sometimes feel as though He has hidden His face, and we are dismayed.
As we can see from the reaction of Jesus, and all throughout the Bible, it is a normal, human reaction. We were created in God’s image, with emotions; and loneliness, uncertainty, grief, and pain are some of those emotions.
What can we do? Keep looking for Him, seeking Him, and reminding ourselves of all He has done. Job was looking for him in his darkest moments, when all he wanted to do was die, and he couldn’t find God to the right or the left–he kept seeking.
He spoke of all the works and wonders God had done in the past, and even as he wondered at first where God was, speaking of who God is built him up, and helped him keep close the One he needed all along. Eventually he found his way back, not just to physical health, but to emotional and spiritual health, too. This is how it works for us all.
I know there was a lot involved behind the scenes in Job’s story, but seeking God in the tough times the way Job did, praising, and reminding ourselves of God’s works and the things He has done in the past is the best way to find our way out.
We tend to pull away when we go through pain and crisis, and we feel like we can’t find God, but the truth is that the answer lies with Him alone. He is the One. He is the Salvation. He is the Deliverance. He is the Healing. He is the Provision. He is the Wisdom. He is the Unity. He is the Peace. He is All in All, the Great I Am.
Every answer we need to fill the great gaping hole we feel inside is found in Him. We just have to hold on and seek Him. God said in Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” This is still true today.
Grateful for a God who cares,