I like to Google different things to see what people are searching so I can give my thoughts/opinions on those topics. I typed in “Where’s God when…” and “I’m Hurting” was one of the answers that popped up so I decided to touch on it.
Many people, whether they be Christians or not, use this “where is God when I’m hurting” as a way to prove His existence.
Non-Christians say that God wouldn’t allow them to hurt. The fact that they are struggling in their lives and feeling so much hurt, abandonment, doubt, and other negative feelings, means that God doesn’t exist (in their minds) because they misunderstand who God is.
Christians are bad about using cliché phrases like “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it” and “God only gives you what you can handle”; instead of giving useful advice. I’m not saying these phrases are inaccurate, but they are very generic phrases and don’t hold much weight to a person who is genuinely struggling with something in their lives.
There’s one thing that’s for certain about someone who is genuinely struggling and hurting, going through that will change them. Whether it be for better or for worse, the experience will change them. It will either pull them closer to the Lord or push them further away from God. During difficult times in our lives, you can either get stronger in your relationship with God or weaker. Most people tend to seek God and pray harder and pull closer to Him, but if the pain worsens or the results they prayed about don’t come to pass, many will push God aside and think He didn’t hear them, He ignored them, He doesn’t love them, etc., but that’s just not the case. When you are in pain, it is hard to see clearly and be able to see that God always knows what is best and has a purpose for everything.
Job is a prime example in the Bible of God’s love for someone. Job’s entire family was murdered, his livestock was slaughtered, his good health was taken from him, and everything he had faded away, but he still held fast to God and in the end, God blessed him.
Although this phrase has become cliché in today’s society, God does get you through any situation and may push you to your breaking point, but that’s only because when you are broken, He can pick up all the pieces and make you whole again. Only with Christ can you truly be whole. God wants you to come to Him in your moments of weakness so He can hold you and love you, as your heavenly father.
“But God knows the way that I take, and when He tested me. I will come out like gold.” Job 23:10