2012 Bulletins "Do the WORD!"

November 2012 "THE ABSENCE OF GOD"


H. L. Sheppard


November 2012



David said:

“If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there (Psa. 139:8).”

What a contradiction to our common perception that, in times of trouble, God is not there! The presence of trouble does not equal the absence of God.

When Adam and Eve drove a spike of unutterable pain into God’s great heart, the Creator was the one who went looking for them, calling out in the cool of the day: “Adam…where art thou?” It wasn’t God who fled the scene of the crime: it was Adam. The presence of trouble does not equal the absence of God.

In a desert surrounded by the threat of hunger, thirst, and countless enemies God’s People wandered for forty years. They fled from a Pharaoh who had blood in his eye and an army behind him. They faced a Red Sea, then the challenges and uncertainty of an unforgiving wilderness. They thought they had been set up, that God had left them alone to fend for themselves. But the whole while His presence was as close as the very cloud that led their way; as close as the Rock that followed them flowing with life-giving water; as close as the Manna that fell in the wee hours of the morning as they slept. The presence of trouble does not equal the absence of God.

Israel’s great and highly respected king, the giant slayer, the sweet psalmist of Israel attempted to conceal himself in the royal palace beneath the crown of his office. But God sent a preacher to fling open the throne room door, lay open the sin of David’s adultery and thrust it upon the monarch’s already troubled conscience. David tried to hide himself from God, but God went looking for David. No wonder the man after God’s own heart would later pen the words: “…If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” He had made his bed in the hell of ungodliness and spiritual wickedness, yet God came looking for him even there.

You may be in the throes of some overwhelming problem. Some sin may have caused you to insulate then isolate yourself from those around you. Your life may be filled with one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another. But, Jesus Christ is always as close as the mention of His name. Even in midst of your greatest problem He promised He would never forsake you. The presence of Trouble does not equal the absence of God!

Prov 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.