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Where is God When…?

November 6, 2013

When tragedy strikes, a question on the heels of this event involves some form of “Where is God?”

As the horrors on the nightly news bombard us, it is simple to surmise God must have wound up the universe and let it go.

Otherwise, we head down a path of unanswerable questions.

If God is all-powerful, why didn’t he stop this?
When the Bible promises God works for our good, how can bad things happen?
Why do bad things happen to good people?

Phillip Yancey has made a career of exploring these difficult questions. His pursuit stems from his childhood and early writing career. When investigating tragedy, Christians “often made it worse by offering contradictory and confusing counsel.”

God is punishing you.
“It’s Satan!”
“God has afflicted you out of love, not punishment.”

We, like Yancey, often have no idea how to respond to these statements.

Much of what is learned in leadership comes from personal mistakes, as well as lessons learned from the mistakes of other leaders.

This is true in my own story.

I was hurt by leadership early in my missions career. There were issues of control, manipulation, and a very works oriented mentality. The smallest mistake was treated as massive, leading to feeling as if you disappointed the leaders. Perfectionism was modeled, grace was not.

During these years I had to contend with tribalism, accusation, character attacks, and many other wretched things people do to each other. At one point, I was even advised to engage in illegal activities by a senior leader in the organization!

I would like to share several tips which have helped me journey out of the pain. These tips will help you regain health and succeed as a leader.