Where is God?

January 31, 2008 at 7:11 pm 17 comments

That is a question a female Kenyan blogger is asking fellow women in view of the Kenyan situation.

At a time when many, like old Friedrich Nietzsche, are arguing whether God is alive or dead in Kenya, no reflection could be more timely for those concerned with the faith dimension in the current crisis.

Do consider reasoning with and responding to that blogger, if you may.

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  • 1. Nyagz  |  January 31, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    God is in control. ALWAYS. God is not like Kamau, Njoroge, Miheso or Kiptanui, that He has need to eat or sleep. He is Sovereign. You must understand that God created both that which we see and know of and that which we do not see or know about. He is STILL involved in His creation to this day. Nothing, and again I say nothing happens unless He allows it to happen (otherwise He would not be in control). Irrespective of how ugly, horrific or great and wonderful it is. He allows everything to happen for everything exists at His Will. All this is based on scripture (Holy Bible). Having said that, we see in scripture that God does allow bad things to happen to good people, to the innocent even. Why, we might never know the full answer to this until we meet Him but based on His word, it is to demonstrate His glory and His power and His sovereignty. Does the clay ask the potter questions on why it was made the way it was and even given away or trashed? But we are much more than that, for He gave His son for our redemption. But God is also a just God. He cannot stand sin and sin has to be punished and uprooted. He is a God of unlimited love, mercy, and kindness. BUT he is also a jealous God, who brings wrath and judgment to people and entire nations. Some of that judgment can fall on those we see as innocent (read the old testament accounts of Israel’s rebellion and God’s response). Even Moses suffered trekking for 40 years because of a report on Jericho that was not accepted by God. 10 spies gave a report that was contrary to faith, 2 gave one based on faith. The people were afraid and refused to believe God’s might and because of that both the good and the bad were judged to trek the wilderness for forty years.

    I can not presume to make a case for God, but study the scriptures, see Job’s troubles and God himself testified that Job was a righteous man. But in one hour or one day, his entire family (save his wife) had died horribly and all his property destroyed and Job himself suffered sickness to the point of dying! Look at the disciples, crucified and hunted down for their faith, look at John the Baptist, beheaded for the amusement of a Kings daughter or consider the prophets, one made to marry a prostitute who continued with her trade all the relay a message to Israel and Jeremiah who felt God had deceived him coze though he was righteous, he still suffered.

    Is God unjust, let us not think we can Judge the Creator, for His thoughts and ways are above ours, we see partially but He sees everything, every thought and the intent /motive behind the thought. He is sovereign. We can not advice God (it is He who gives us knowledge, wisdom and understanding!!) on what to do or not do, for He knows what is best. Did not Jesus say if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how then can our Father who is in heaven not do so for His own children? If we being weak and wicked have moments of being loving, kind and merciful and even act justly, how much more does a God whose very name is justice and Mercy and Love and Righteousness? Those names epitomize God. He clothes Himself in Glory and arrays Himself in splendor. He is God.

    Why then the chaos, why then has He left the country to go down this way? Why the killing of especially children? Has the devil won? One thing we must be clear of, good and evil are not equal opposing forces! God and the devil are not equal in their power and authority. Everything the devil has is only because God has allowed it (again the story of Job). So God is Almighty.

    Why then are we in this state? Let me ask, why then did the church not pray and ask for mercy and repent of the wickedness in the church and country when God warned? Why did we take His messages and messengers for granted? Why did our church, the true believers, come down form the walls and the gates and leave their posts as the watchmen and begin to meddle in the affairs of dirty politics. Changing the message of God as though they were serving a menu of ugali – “how do you want the word of God served, tampered with or tamper free both options available?” Why did the church speak and condone tribalism, anointing different leaders and calling it God’s calling on them? Why are we biased towards some, why has the church robbed the poor and exploited the widow and the orphan with the “panda mbegu” sermon on prosperity while the only people who prosper are the preachers themselves? Why have we preached another gospel from our pulpits, defiled the very name of God and done it in “Jesus name”, prayed prayers of covetousness, coveting our neighbors wealth all in the name of “claim it and possess it” and again in “Jesus name” – which is contrary to scripture. Why have we allowed our “men of God” to sleep around, use the offering as their own personal wealth and preach messages of contradiction and deception to our itching ears so that we can feel “forgiven” even when we have not repented?!

    Why do we elect people in power, who we know are wicked and corrupt, have visited witches and sold their souls (and those of others) to gain wealth? Why have we used the pulpits to preach politics and not realized that the pulpits are consecrated for God’s purposes only. But we have allowed politicians to give us (the church) blood money, in exchange for a public prayer and a little anointing oil – a picture perfect moment. Why are abortions so rampant even in church?

    If God has judged us, it is not because we are not worthy of judgment as a nation. Unfortunately, when you spank a child for doing wrong, you spank the child usually in an area that did not necessarily participate in the wrong doing (e.g. if the child keeps stealing or lying, the spanked bottom/buttock did not speak the lie) but the whole body is judged and suffers the pain of spanking. Some parts suffer more than others but the pain is felt through the entire body, and it is not only the physical pain but the emotional and psychological pain that we also feel. The same is true in the judgment of a nation. Some feel the pain more than others but God’s message must be communicated and we as Kenyans must heed it. Let us not judge God but humble our selves and repent truly and sincerely. I have said in another post that we “must not come before His alter with hidden motives but with sincere honesty and tell God our deepest feelings, fears, anger, betrayal and expose all bitterness. Because He already knows its there and any pretense is unacceptable”.

    It is terrible to see the suffering of the innocent, I’m a parent myself and cannot even imagine the grief of those affected. But we must pray and we can absolutely not afford to lose faith in God…then we will lose everything, even our souls.

    I pray this has somehow answered your question or ministered to you in someway.

    In His grace,
    Nyagz

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  • 2. Alexander  |  February 1, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Please visit New Dawn Communities for hope in Kenya!

    Thank you and blessings!

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  • 3. kenya.fm  |  February 1, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Here are two posts i did that may shed some light:
    (i)August 07: “If good is good, why did he let this happen?” See http://www.kenya.fm/?p=12
    (ii) Jan 08: “You are the Apple of my eye”:
    See http://www.kenya.fm/?p=26

    I must say that most of the responses above assumes that you already know and walk with the Lord (i.e. you are born again), otherwise they may not make much sense to you.

    But anyone not familiar with the howtos of the Lord, and seeking some comprehensive pointers/explanations, i will happily communicate with them, just leave me a note at http://www.kenya.fm

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  • 4. thewordofme  |  February 1, 2008 at 10:24 am

    If there is a God, he will not help. It is not in his nature.

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  • 5. ali syarief  |  February 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    No one knows exactly about God but only small knowledge. We only need to believe it.

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  • 6. katch up  |  February 1, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    God may be silent but never indifferent. He is definitely concerned about Kenya and working on something for the country’s good.

    Read the book of Habbakuk.

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  • 7. pst victor  |  February 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    god is alive and active

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  • 8. pst victor  |  February 1, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    god is still there

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  • 9. pst victor  |  February 1, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    the church must repent of its tribalism we have been very tribal and political .beggining with myself i repent on behalf of every pastor who took sides in this election .we are sorry .well many of them still feel that what they did was right but i do believe that we must not condemn but pray with them in love .
    i also repent of the seen of tribalism in the church where we have treated other tribes us inferior and exalted our tribes i do repent .have just come from afriends memeorial service in a big church in eastleigh inspite of many people from different tribes being there the preacher preached in kikuyu ( which happens to be his native tongue ) and i could feel the anguish of other tribes in the church that had come to say farewell to a person the y dearly loved and valued .i repent on behalf of this preacher and church that has locked out other members (either out of ignorance or design,only God knows )i repent .i ask God to forgive us of our sins .please lets not talk much lets identify the sins that we are doing and repent

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  • 10. linuxowns  |  February 1, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    There is now such thing as a god.

    Wishfull thinking.

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  • 11. Loretta  |  February 1, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Where was God during the last Liberian coup that started in 1988 and continued 15 years, in which hundreds of thousands of people were murdered? He knows things we do not know. We must trust Him and wait patiently for Him. God is in control, and He is coming back. He will take care of justice and judge evil. If we are in Christ, all things work together for our good, even if we suffer. He will do right and will settle all matters when Jesus comes again. Whatever the physical danger, in death or suffering, His sheep, bought by the blood of His own dear Son, are safe spiritually in His hands.

    Loretta
    San Francisco

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  • 12. julie  |  February 1, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    A different Question is where are the Kenyan Christians? And I mean true Christians.. by no means am I saying that they are not there I just need to know where..someone direct me to a place where I can see or read or hear of christians in action… even if thay are just praying
    I actually believe that there is a lot of prayer going on or things could be much worse…for those true christians out there keep on praying

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  • 13. Rolita  |  February 4, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Dear freinds,
    God is a wonder working God. He is Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient and we need to fear him then we shall get the wisdom.

    The world and all that is in it is God’s and its not fun for him to see all this mess. He has the power to turn everything upside down in no much time.
    However, we need to see the grace of God amidst all these challenges of our day.
    Christians hit so hard are praying and God is hearing their prayers but in human eyes mostly we want to see what we want yet God gives us what we need.

    Lets come before the lord, cast our burdens and he shall lift us up and higher. All in all, see the grace of the lord for the world but woe to those that give it a deaf ear for they will have no excuse.

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  • 14. Rolita  |  February 4, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Greed and power have become the driving motives for those who want worldly glory. They are not aware that they are devoting themselves to gods of reason and technology which will end them in eternal hell.
    Out task is to pray even for our persecutors. The Lord is the owner of vengence.
    Souls have suffered in the wolrd from the crooked and filthy policies and decisions of those in power.

    God be gracious to your creation.

    Rolita
    Zambia.

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  • 15. Lulizi  |  February 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    It is a foolish question to ask where God is because He does not live in Temples made by human hands. God lives in your heart! If He is not in your life please invite Him in TODAY and NOW!

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  • 16. jeremiah  |  September 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    the secret things belong to the Lord the revealed things are for us all in all all things for work together good ………
    could it be that the angst and discontentment are supposed to remind us that we are in a wicked corrupt world and that there is a better place for us ,in any case if earth were another heaven we probably wont need a heaven

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  • 17. Free dating in Kenya  |  August 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    God will make a way where there seems to be no way

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