the Hope of Survivors

Where Is God?

Maybe you’ve been praying that God would intervene, that He would help you escape this situation or just make it all go away. It seems that no matter how loud you cry or how often you pray, God does not answer. Your faith weakens and you begin to wonder, “Is God real? Does He care? Where is He? Why doesn’t He help me?”

While these questions are certainly understandable and normal when you are going through a traumatic experience like abuse, the most important thing to keep in mind is that God is there with you, He sees all, knows all and is willing and more than able to help. Try reading the following Psalm and letting the words sink in…God really does care about every detail in your life.

Psalm 139
1 O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

It is Satan that wants us to doubt, to mistrust God, to believe that God no longer cares or that we have sinned too much, crossed the line, and are beyond the reach of God’s love and forgiveness. God will NEVER turn His back on us—especially in our times of distress and deepest need.

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”—Hebrews 13:5

“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”—Hebrews 7:25

The first step in helping yourself to get through this is to choose NOT to believe Satan’s lies, but rather, to believe God and His Word (the Bible). Take some time now to read through our Bible Promises section. We have both the King James Version and the New International Version of some promises for you to read. We also have other helpful and insightful quotes.

Take a moment now to listen to this song of encouragement, “His Love Was Reaching.” —Steve Nelson WMA or MP3

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...Psalms 34:18