Explaining where God is during a crisis

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Have you heard people asking Where is God during a crisis? How do you explain to them that God is still around even when the world seems to be falling down around us?
 

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I remember a reporter asking that of Dr. Meredith when there was a shooting at Wedgwood Baptist church back in the 90's. He said that God is still on his throne. The evidence that God cares about us is that he sent his son to die for us and pay for our sins and rescue us from hell.
 

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I remember a reporter asking that of Dr. Meredith when there was a shooting at Wedgwood Baptist church back in the 90's. He said that God is still on his throne. The evidence that God cares about us is that he sent his son to die for us and pay for our sins and rescue us from hell.
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Where is God? He is "near to the brokenhearted" (Psalm 34:18a) - it is up to us to seek him in our brokenness. When we seek, we find. People who have to ask where he is, maybe have not sought? I wouldn't say that to someone who asks where he is, though. Instead, point them towards him, encourage the seeking...
 

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Have you heard people asking Where is God during a crisis? How do you explain to them that God is still around even when the world seems to be falling down around us?
I think it's important to remember that God uses us to do his work. Most of the miracles described throughout Scripture involve God using man to achieve something. When the world is falling apart around us we have more of a chance to step into the gaps and "do unto the least of these", showing God's love to those who are struggling.
 

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I think its funny how they ask where God is when their in need and when they everything is ok they could careless about God. Well that's how HE feels. Why dont they seek him when times are good? We bring this stuff on ourselves.

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Welcome to the forum! You ask a good question, and to be honest, I think it has to do with human nature. I work with families almost exclusively using attachment as a framework. That is also how I see God - he is our Father, we are his children. When there is a secure attachment in families, the natural thing for children to do is go out and explore. At some point, the child comes back - when they need protection, comfort, help, connection. In a secure relationship, the child will go to the caregiver and know his or her needs will be met.

When the attachment is not secure, the child might not be able to count on the caregiver being there, or being able or willing to meet their needs, or they might seek and not be able to find an absent caregiver. And for some insecure attachments, the child will reunite with the caregiver only to throw a tantrum at the caregiver. For some, the caregiver might be there, but the child won't seem to even care.

Translate all that into a relationship with the Father, and keep in mind that our human families are the ones babies will attach to long before some of us are even aware there is a God. For a person whose attachments were secure, that translates into a secure relationship with the Father. We go out to explore our world, we go about our lives. And then when we have a need, we turn back to the Father, knowing he will meet our needs.

A child who grew up with an absent, abusive, or neglectful caregiver may seek and not find or seek but not trust, and then they have a very deep wound that translates to an absent God. This is the wound that needs to be healed so there is a secure attachment with the Father even if there was insecure attachment with their caregiver. I believe it is this attachment style who is more likely to ask where God is or be upset that God seems to not hear their prayers or answer them in the affirmative. They are the ones who need reminding that God is here, that he does care, that he will meet their needs. This is the start of re-writing the attachment code that their human caregivers gave them, healing the attachment wound.
 

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I believe when people ask that question that they are ultimately asking the wrong question. The question to be asked isn't where is God but where are they and are they where they should be found? I imagine if they were honest with themselves that they would have to admit they aren't where they should be and it is that not God that is the cause of them not being able to see Him during their time of need. As after all, the prodigal son didn't start to see his father until he moved his thoughts back to him and wasn't able to see him with his eyes until he started to make the trek back home.

When people start to ask questions is when they start searching and the best thing one can do is to help them along as much as you can. You might not be able to get them to where they want to go but you could at least made the trip a little shorter and a little less painful then it could have been if you hadn't done anything. This is in my mind what it means to show compassion.
 

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Have you heard people asking Where is God during a crisis? How do you explain to them that God is still around even when the world seems to be falling down around us?
Have you noticed that the unbelievers always ask where God is during bad times and never ask where He is in the good times.

I would say that He is where He always was right here. God is here in the good times and bad times. He never left


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Have you noticed that the unbelievers always ask where God is during bad times and never ask where He is in the good times.

I would say that He is where He always was right here. God is here in the good times and bad times. He never left


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That's very astute!
 

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God is always around. He just might not ever let his presence be known if you don't seek him. It seems the majority of people that seek him and don't find him don't truly open up there hearts or self to his glory and give him the chance to intervene. Prayer is extremely important to getting to know God's glory. The lord is a good God but you have to seek him and ask him to show you that he really exists. Because he does exist but sometimes it takes finding him first.
 
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