Sometimes in life, we feel like God has abandoned us. Things go wrong. Nothing goes right. And we blame God. We ask, “Where are you, God? Have you abandoned me?” But in this powerful video from Christ’s Commission Fellowship, preacher Peter Tanchi teaches us that God actually never abandons us. He is always with us, even in the dark times… especially in the dark times.
Tanchi tells us that God is in the business of transforming lives. So when we go through a hard time or butt-heads with someone, we must not get frustrated or angry. Our job is simply to love people… and let God do the work.
Tanchi reminds us of a very important lesson from the Bible: Love is patient – it does not give up. It does not give in. It patiently corrects.
Tanchi points out the book of Jonah, chapter 4, where God shows his patience with Jonah.
But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die,and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.” But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
The moral of the story here? Follow God and trust Him always. For even when you think God has abandoned you, He is at work. It’s our job to be patient and TRUST Him.