Sometimes things are overwhelming. I’m am not talking about a busy schedule; I am talking about those things that happen when it seems like hope is lost. These moments are hard, and we tend to ask the question, “where is God?” There is a simple answer to this question – He is right there with you.
We need look no farther than the account of Joseph in Genesis. At times, things were pretty rough and overwhelming in Joseph’s life. Where was God when Joseph’s brothers threw him into the pit? Where was God when Joseph was sold into slavery? Where was he when Joseph was falsely accused of an attempted rape? Where was God as Joseph was innocently thrown in prison and then forgotten about? Where was God? Acts 7:9 tells us, “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him.”
We live in a Genesis 3 world. This means that everything around us is corrupted and tarnished by sin. Evil takes place all around us because mankind rebels against the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, God. Jesus told the disciples that they would have trouble in this world, but they were not to fear because he had overcome the world (John 16:33).
Are things overwhelming? I want to encourage you to have hope. I am not speaking of hope as if it is wishful thinking; I am talking about an anticipated certainty. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 tells us, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Don’t lose heart. I cannot promise you that your current situation will change, but I can promise you that if you lean into God and the truth of his love you will find hope. This is because our momentary affliction is nothing compared to the eternal glory that awaits us. Our circumstances do not change God’s love and purpose for our lives. We trust in God’s plan and we faithfully proclaim with Joseph that what is meant for evil, God intends for good (Gen. 50:30).
Our hope is in the Lord. By the work of the Holy Spirit, through the redemption of Christ, God is bringing us to a place where his presence will be uninterrupted by sin. Don’t let the current circumstances lose sight of your hope in Christ. Remember that God is with you, even when you don’t see Him or feel Him.