Do you ever feel like God is “Missing in Action” as though He’s difficult to reach during the very times you need Him most? Have you ever wondered if the Lord is actually avoiding you during your times of crisis, or if He even identifies with what you’re going through? You are not alone, my friend. Personally, I just came out of a dark, difficult season. While preparing this post, it became very challenging to write on God’s Presence. While I have never experienced a loss of words writing about God, I certainly was now. Yes, me.
When the series to write on the “Names of God,” came up, so many names came to mind. It was a hard decision because God was the only constant in my life. His Presence showed me over and over again I could never escape His eternal love for me. No matter what crisis I endured, I would become resilient with His Presence. Then, after choosing Jehovah-Shammah, I sensed I could only write how His ever Presence has made history, over and over again in the grateful lives of others. The irony of Jehovah-Shammah is that God is ever-present, yet this name also represents eschatology… an event that has yet to happen in our lives.
We all know that God isn’t in the “avoiding” business. If you are in a season in which His voice seems to be diminishing, take the time to listen more attentively. If you still can’t hear His voice, remember there are times when He chooses to remain silent, which is where He was with me. That didn’t mean He wasn’t there; nothing could have been further from the truth. Perhaps He was just waiting to see if I was going to trust what I already knew, what He already showed me. Was I going to act on it? Perhaps He was using me to show others to trust in His timing. He waited to see what I did next. He knew my desperate season of darkness yet He restored my hope when I fought for restoration of my unfailing faith. Be encouraged by His Promise to sustain you – to hold you up and provide what you need. He will supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory.
Whatever circumstances you might find yourself in however dismal, always remember that God is with you and that He is in control of your circumstances. “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you.” Zephaniah 3:17
Many times in the history of the world it seemed as if all was lost and all hope was gone. Yet God saved His people and nations from devastation in miraculous ways, and has enabled them to overcome dangers and transform defeat into glorious victory. Even though Jehovah-Shammah was the last name given to God from the prophet Ezekiel, it is also written in Revelation 21-22. These include the square plan, the twelve gates, and the Presence of God, Jehovah-Shammah. Therefore, it is not merely just a name for God, but also as a description of the future reality. An event that has yet to happen… if you are among us – believers in the Trinity.
God is Everywhere
A look around the world reminds us that God is in control – holding up each star, sending sunshine down to earth, bringing beauty into life.
One glance around the world can give our hearts a peaceful feeling of security in knowing that God is watching over us.
He won’t forget to let the rivers flow or keep the flowers blooming in their fields.
He colors in the spaces of our lives with moments to be thankful for and tender, loving care.
With His majestic touch, each night turns into day as the sun wakes up the world again and time blesses us once more.
It’s a wondrous thing to look at life and realize that the old, old story of God’s love continues on.
He’s in control, and He keeps all things beautiful for us. He is always Present.
– Barbara J. Hall
“God is Everywhere” should serve as a constant reminder of the victorious omnipotence of God in all spheres of life. No circumstances are too small or too big for Him, and no prayer will remain unheard or unanswered. Only in Him will you find deliverance from your distress. I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair…Psalm 40. I knew He was Present just waiting on my next move.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.