Zion had grown despondent while in their seventy years of Babylonian captivity. Judah had been crushed by Babylon. The people of God that were not slain by the sword, pestilence, or famine were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar. Years and years go by with the remnant in a foreign land having lost many family members and their possessions. The people, at the height of their despair, cry "God has forsaken me and the Lord has forgotten me." Where was God?
Sometimes people today wonder where God is. Why would God permit over 20,000 people in Japan to die in an earthquake and tsunami? Where was God when the terrorist flew the airplanes into the World Trade Center towers? Why does God permit human sex trafficking of girls twelve, thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen years old right here in America? Where is God as millions upon millions of unborn babies are being aborted? Where is God while hate governs the hearts of so many the world over? Has God forgotten his created people?
The Apostle Peter reveals the modern thought of men, regarding God's whereabouts, as they live and die generation after generation. Peter writes, "Know this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? Forfrom the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Peter 3:3-4). Overanxious man desires to see and know the whereabouts of God. The disciples of Jesus were anxious as well saying, "Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24B) Yes the world continues to revolve around its axes in the universe. Time continues to pass. Man continues to suffer. Innocent people continue to die. Sickness, disease, war, and cruelty continue to take lives. Where is God?
After the people of God in Babylon conclude, "God has forgotten me" The Lord replies, "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, these may forget, yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me" (Isaiah 49:15-16). God was with his people in captivity and he cared for them.
ImagePeter also answers the people's question, "Where is the promise of his coming?" The Apostle writes, "For this they willfullyforget, that there were heavens from of oLd, and earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up forfire, being reserved against the day ofjudgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should perish, but that al/ should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Sing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner ofpersons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
John C Robertson