Scripture Notes on Psalm 115

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. (Psalm 115:2-3)

Do you ever look at a situation and ask “Where is God in this?” Do you ever look at hard things in your life and wonder, “Couldn’t God have stopped that tragedy or prevented that pain?”

It is natural to feel these things, and to experience the frustration of our limited point of view. Yet, there is hope to be had once we have the right perspective.

“Our God is in the heavens” doesn’t mean that He stands far off, aloof and uninterested in human affairs. It means that He is there, watching over you, taking care of you in even the smallest details. It means that God knows.

Not only is He aware, but God is able to do whatever He pleases. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all good, and there is no circumstance in your life that He is not able to enter into and transform for the good.

So why do we still have pain? Why doesn’t God just fix things for us instead of allowing us to hurt?

Any number of theological answers can be offered, but underneath them all is this simple truth. Your heavenly Father is far greater in wisdom and goodness than any of us could hope to be. His ways are not our ways, so we may never fully understand this side of heaven. What we can do, though, is look to the cross.

In Christ, God has demonstrated His perfect love for you and for me. When our hearts are filled with that reminder, our minds can be at peace as we rest in this simple truth about our loving God.

God is in complete control.

-Pastor Phillip