By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Where is God?

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Here we are Monday morning again and getting back into our routines after the holidays. I don’t know what you may be dealing with today, but I know we all deal with our emotions of feeling like we are alone and no one cares. Not even God. But we know that isn’t true. I want to share an excerpt from Holley Gerth’s devotional book What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days.

    When something difficult happens, it’s easy to wonder, “Where are you, God?” And his answer is always the same: “I’m with you.” Sometimes he makes his presence known through the hands and feet of people in our lives. Sometimes he quietly whispers to our hearts. Sometimes he works through circumstances to let us know we’re not alone.

    Why does God do this? The answer in the psalm above seems downright scandalous. David says, “He rescued me because he delighted in me” (Ps. 18:19).  Yet when bad things happen in our lives, one of the first assumptions we often make is that God must be really upset with us…

    The enemy would love to persuade you that God is against you. He would love for you to become convinced that you don’t have God’s support. He would love to make you believe that you’ve fallen beyond God’s ability to hold you up.

    Will you pause for a moment and reject those lies? We live in a fallen, broken world, and we all face difficulties. That doesn’t mean we’re being punished. Jesus lived an absolutely perfect life, and yet he was still “a man of suffering and familiar with pain” (Isa. 53:3). None of us gets to go through life without hard times. That doesn’t say anything about you except this: you’re human.

    God knows that as humans we’re weak and frail. He knows we need help. He wants to offer that to us. Yet it’s up to us to receive it. And if we think he’s mad at us, then that’s a lot harder to do.

    Perhaps it’s time to shift your perspective to align with what’s really true. God isn’t disappointed in you. He wants to delight in you. And he will give you the support you need.

    So no matter what you are going through, or what you may go through in the upcoming days or months, remember He wants to delight in you.

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