Are we looking for God in the wrong place?

“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”  When the men had come to him (Jesus), they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’”.

This was the question from John the Baptist to Jesus. Not a cynic but the one sent to prepare the way for the Lord. Why was John prompted to ask this of Jesus? Was he like so many of the Pharisees, looking for the Messiah, the saviour, God intervening in the world to right the wrongs and being in the kingdom of God, in the wrong place? The Jews were looking the messiah who would set the world right, conquer the occupying Romans, re-establish the throne of David. They were looking for God to intervene and make sense of their world were God was God and those opposed to Him felt His wrath has they knew He had done for them in the past.

Today, I hear a lot of people asking the question “How can a loving God exist when what see around us is a world of hurt and pain”. Why doesn’t God intervene and “fix it”. Surly, if God were there, he would not allow such evil and unjust events to happen. Are we still looking for the same Messiah as the Jews were in Jesus’ day? Does our acknowledgment of God depend on Him acting to bring real justice to the world? Are we expecting God to “fix” our political systems and nations and deal with all the injustices in the world?  Where are we looking for God?

Do we expect the reply to John’s question?

“And he (Jesus) answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.  And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

Where was God? We see Jesus, among those who are open to hearing Him. We don’t find Him fixing the great injustices of the world, but we find him healing the sick, meeting people in the midst of their suffering. Dealing with people in their greatest need, He is where is said he would be, He is here with us, God Emmanuel

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Is this our experience of God?

 

Rick Long

Member of Rouse Hill community Baptist Church

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