Perhaps no greater question could be asked when we face conflict. In summation, if God is so big, so important, all powerful, then where is he when we are in need?
In asking this question, we are generally really asking for a Genie. In other words, we are not asking for our creator as much as we are ususally in a fix and want relief. However, to know God we must see Him in relationship as a Father. When we bring things down to these terms, we make it personal and yes, things are personal when it comes to our relationship with God.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Thus, the way to reach our Father is through his Son, Jesus. In accessing Jesus our Christ we then have a mechanism and status to approach our Father in Heaven.
Does this mean when we pray that our problem will be solved? More than likely not. Yet, in trusting our Savior for our body and soul, we must trust that whatever follows our prayers is what is best for us. This is another way of saying that Jesus will assist us in whatever comes our way. As always, then what comes our way is both the good and the bad. When we learn not to view God as the head Genie to ‘fix’ all our immediate desire problems, then we also learn the true relationship of son-father and family interactions.
All of this brings us to the nature of Christ’s church. We read that God’s spirit resides inside the hearts of Christians and for us to gather together for strength. This is no small task. Cliniging to brothers and sisters requires a large leap of faith: we are trusting by faith that God will direct the church for our best gain. Hence, if you want to know where God is, you must search out his church. This brings us to another nexus, another path on the road: How do we know who the true Christians are: The bible tells us that we shall know them by their love.
John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35″By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”