When You Rebel Against The Lord

Jan 25, 2016, 5:31 PM |

by HJS

When the british pastor, Joseph Parker, saw the suffering his wife endured as she lay dying with cancer, he was perplexed. Even after he prayed and cried out to the Lord, still her suffering increased day by day. Finally she died. Parker wallowed in the dark despair of atheism. He said that if he had had a dog who suffered as did the one he loved, he would have put the animal out of its misery.

When you feel as Parker did, you have choices: You can turn to God for refuge and comfort, or you can turn can on God in anger and defiance.

First, you must note that the silence of God does not shut out the presence of God. Yes, you would see God step in and miraculously eliminate the suffering in your life. But God's silence does not mean His absence as you go through the dark valley.

Second, realize that running from God is an exercise in futility. It didn't work for Jonah nor will it work for you. David asked, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" There's no escaping from God no matter how far you run or how much you hide.

Rebellion against the Lord only results in an interruption of the flow of grace and blessing that comes from the Father's hand. Ignoring God or rebelling against Him never thwarts His purpose or will but it is a painful, lonely, dark detour through the night. 

If we could but see as God sees, how quickly we would turn to Him.


Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?   Psalm 139:7