Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
We turn to an anti-virus program to explain how and why God sometimes seems invisible, when in fact God is working on our behalf all the time.
For material based on today's epistle text, see "Gig," September 2, 2001, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Many centuries ago, Isaiah declared,
"Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior" (Isaiah 45:15). Since then, many people in every generation have had the same thought, and some have taken it to a further conclusion: that God does not exist at all.
The Bible, however, never goes there; in fact, it regards those who say there's no God as "fools" (see Psalm 14:1; 53:1). Nonetheless, the Bible acknowledges that sometimes God can be difficult to perceive in the midst of troubled situations (consider, in addition to Isaiah, 2 Samuel 22:12; Job 9:11; Psalm 10:1; Acts 17:27).
But is this really God hiding himself?
Scott Hoezee, on the staff at Calvin