New Hope Notes

God, Where Are You?

Pastor Brandon Ahu
February 13, 2011 - W1107

Have you gone through this particular season of your life with so much
confusion, pain and isolation? Have you lost a love one? Have you been waiting
for a wayward son to correct his path? Or a prodigal daughter to come home to
you?  Have you been waiting for a husband to change his ways of being hurtful?
Have you been waiting for a good job so your finances would change? With all
these doubts in your mind, you say to yourself like the song in the beginning of
the service said, “…I cried out no reply. I can’t feel you by my side…”   Do you
sometimes feel God is not there hearing your cry? Are you in this season of
questioning “God, Where are you?” Pastor Brandon Ahu from New Hope Leeward will
share from God’s words practical steps to address this current season we are

During the our journey of life, we face a time of questioning. In this holiday
coming up, Valentine’s Day, some of us, especially the single people, ask the
question why I am I lonely or alone God. Our questioning leads us also to
complaining. We grow into this society of complaining about everything. We want
everything now! We are a society of DVR-on demand- microwave society. After, we
grow impatience. Then, we don’t want to wait.

According to the Scriptures, this happened long ago to the people of Israel.
This happened in the book of Isaiah.  Mentioned in the background on the Book of
Isaiah, God’s people were the Israelites also known as Jacob and the Jewish
people. God brought blessings to them  and at the same time hardships so they
would turn back to God.  In this verse, we find them complaining to God about
the hardship which were upon them…

Let us read…

"Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, 'My way is hidden from the
Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God.'?" (Is. 40:27)

The Jewish people were complaining to God that He has disregarded them. This was
their personal plea. It is the same with us also. We grow impatient and question
God. We cry to him, “ Oh, God why is this happening to me!” or “ How long will
this go on?” Then we justify it with a statement like this, “ God,  I do good
things for your glory. I have lived a moral and ethical life but why?”  It is a
natural thing. We all go through this emotions in various seasons of our lives.
But we have to remember,,,

Fill in the first point…

1.God has not FORGOTTEN about me.

In Scripture,  it says that God never leaves us. He stays close to us. In one
Old Testament verse, it said “Even though a nursing mother forgets her child, I
will never leave you.”  God cared about them. During those times, the enemy of
the Israelites were the Babylonians. They were godless and ruthless. They were
doing well in so many things but the Israelites weren’t. The result were they
complaint to God. The Israelites thought that God had forgotten them. As you go
though your struggle, you have to remember those previous words in Scriptures.
Hold on to the hope that is in you. The worldview is death. Going on God’s route
is  life leads to life and our hope.

Next,   let us read the following verse…

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the
of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding
no one
can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."
(Is. 40:28-29)

According to previous Scriptures, the word weary comes up several times. The
reason for repeating  was emphasis.  We need to pay attention to it. We grow
very weary but God doesn’t grow weary on us. It was a constant reminder in this
specific Scripture. The word was translated in Hebrew as exhausted. We get
exhausted with what the world puts on our lives. Sometimes we feel like giving
up. We just want to give ourselves to the world completely. But during this
particular time…remember…

Let us fill in the next point…

2. When I'm WEAK, He gives me HIS STRENGTH.

God is the source of our strength. He never runs out. We need to rely on God’s
strength. Stated in the next verse…is very important …

Let us read…

"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made
perfect in
weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so
Christ's power may rest on me." (2 Cor. 12:9)

Based on the above verses, God gives us everything. His grace and strength are
enough. But in our humanness, we don’t grasp it. We just want to draw on our own
strength. In God’s kingdom, it is reverse or upside down concerning on what we
have to do.  In the terms of the world, especially in leadership in church, when
we serve we have to lead but in God’s kingdom we need to serve. We need to
humble ourselves. Another example is when we love others. We only love the ones
we know and care about like our friends and family. In God’s kingdom, we need to
love the unlovable and our enemies. That is indeed upside down.

Next Scriptures we need to read…

"Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who
hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Is. 40:30-31)

According to the preceding Bible verse, as we endure through our season of
waiting, God strengthens us in our character and faith. When we hope or wait on
the Lord, we get rooted in Him. The verses doesn’t imply that when we stress
out, or worry-worry or have it all together that we will be renewed by the Lord.
No…When the night seems dark and we think we don’t see the Lord, our waiting
period is where the Lord grows us in faith. It is not when we wait but how we
wait. We have to remember to trust the Lord and He will not forget us.

Next point…

3. There's a PURPOSE for this season.

As we go through this particular season, allow God to do what He does best. Each
experience we go through God has a purpose. He is growing us in this season of
waiting. He is doing something in our character and heart. As if He is combing a
metal detector over us and looking for the impurities in our character.  During
the waiting season,  he shifts through our character, our pride, our isolation
and other things we need to change. Only God knows the reason for our season of
change. So while we are waiting … 

In the next bullet…

• Don't rush the PROCESS.

God is going to take us through this season of process and waiting. We will be
tempted to rush through the process and we can’t rush. It is not just getting to
the destination but the how we get there. God changes us and uses us for his
purpose. It is also a matter of choice on how we get there. There is a big
difference between the right choice and the right now choice. An example of that
is in relationships. There is a big difference between the right girl or boy or
the right now girl or boy. Other choices we need to make are our choice of
emotions and choice of words. It is easy to rush through the process. While in
this waiting stage…

Next point…

4. Pray with PASSION.

In your waiting season, we need to challenge our prayer life.  We need to avoid
empty, safe package prayers. This is the time to pray with passion. Pray about
the things that keeps us awake at night and pray from deep in your heart. An
example of that is “ Dear God, where are you? I need you. I am hurting so badly.
I know you know what I am going through. Send your Holy Spirit as my comforter.
..” Praying with passion is better than empty safe package prayers. Aside from
praying with passion,  also pray…

Next bullet…

• According to HIS WILL.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything
according to His will, He hears us." (1 John 5:14)

What is God’s will then? It is in the Scriptures. In this church we encourage
each one to do their devotions. We can find so many answers of our concerns in
the Scriptures.
While we are praying we can also…

Next bullet…

• Remind him of what he ALREADY KNOWS.
It is not he forgot…it is okay to remind him  An example of  that kind of
prayer, “ Dear Father God, You know what my family is going through. Please
bring home my lost wayward daughter. Remind her of your grace and love. You know
her and love her…” Then,

Final point…

5. PRESS INTO GOD like never before.

Pressing towards God is so crucial. He is the only answer to all your woes. He
is our only hope. With pressing forward we…finally…

• Grow in your FAITH and RELIANCE upon Him.

In conclusion, you are not alone in going through this season of waiting. There
are so many people going through it. We need to remind ourselves that God hasn’t
forgotten us. When we are going through our weakest points, remember He give us
strength. We need also to tell God of our concerns in passionate prayer that His
will not ours be done. We must also remind of our needs that He already knows.
Finally we need to press toward God and grow in our faith and reliance on Him.

Discussion Suggestions:
1. What are the pressing questions you been asking God? Has He answered some of 
your questions?
2. What does “weary” really means? Are you at that point?
3. What is the worldview of weakness?
4. What is God’s view of weakness?
5. Are you in the waiting period right now? Share some experiences of character
and faith
    building process God is taking you.