Where is God when..

I have a quick thought I wanted to put out there.

We had a lively conversation in Sunday School this past weekend, and it is probably one that most of you have heard at least a version of once or twice before.

The gist is this:

“Why does God allow bad things to happen?”

There were a few good answers from all around the room.

“God doesn’t do bad things, that evil and human selfishness leads to those things”

which led to a reformation of the question, to remove the ones we understand. The new version of the question went something like this:


“Why does God allow earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis (etc) happen?”

And at this point the answers got muddier. I said “Why is the wrong question when there is not a human style cause and effect, we need to focus on ‘what is God’s will for us in this moment?'”. Which got some good responses.

But I dont know if that is the end of it…

Driving into work the next day, this verse came up on the Audio Bible

11The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 

13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.  

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

1 Kings 19: 11-14

So God is not in the Wind, Earthquake, or the Fire, and He is not in the Evil of men trying to Hunt Elijah down and kill him. He is in a gentile whisper on the wind.

Therefore when you feel you are in the midst of things that make you ask “Where is God in this?”.. be still and listen for the soft voice in the wind. Then you will know not only where he is, but what his will is for you in it.

What do you think?