In the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal at Mt. Caramel Elijah allowed the prophets of Baal to do their thing for a while, then he started mocking them. One of the most devastating insults was that maybe their god was asleep. Imagine a god who fell asleep on duty. Those who are in the military know that falling asleep on duty is not only dangerous for the unit, it can have severe personal consequences. If your god falls asleep on duty, that would be a disaster.
I imagine sometimes it may seem like our God is asleep. We look at a world in chaos and we wonder where God could be. We see God’s people enduring persecution, even dying for their faith and we shake our heads wondering why God doesn’t intervene. The psalmist issues these words of comfort: “indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4)
This is where faith comes in. When we see God’s people having troubles; when we see a world that seems to be out of control; when we see people dying for their faith we may not understand why, but we do understand that God is working. I know it’s a “Sunday School answer” but when people ask me where God is when times get tough, all I can say is that He’s where He was when Jesus died on the cross.
It would be nice if we could answer all the specific questions we have, let alone all the questions other people have. Since we can’t, how do we deal with the issues of this world? We begin by remembering God’s presence no matter what. We remember that He doesn’t sleep and that He is right there with us. As we proclaim the good news about Jesus and God’s love, we will upset the current scheme of this world. May it be said of us, as it was said of early disciples, that we have turned the world upside down.
Lord, we live in a sin-filled world. Still, no one is beyond the reach of Your love, grace, and salvation. May we remember Your constant presence in our lives and share Your message with a world in meltdown. Guide us to people who are ready for You to change their lives.