The last few weeks have been trying—to say the least. A young man from my church whom I have known since he was a little boy suddenly passed away. Finances continue to be strained as more money has to go out than what is coming in. Our ministry stands at a crossroads as we continue to ask God which new direction He would have us to move. These are the ordeals that make up life and they can lead to depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. But then God spoke to me and asked a very simple question similar to the one He asked Adam in Eden. The question was, “Where Is Your Worship?”
As people, and yes as Christians, we often shift our gaze off of God because of our failures or distractions, or the circumstances of life. We not only lose our focus, but sometimes, as Adam did, we even run away from God. As the Genesis 3 account goes, the all-knowing God called to Adam and asked, “Where are you?” God didn’t need to learn where Adam was, but He needed Adam to locate himself and realize his separation from God.
Similarly God asked me the question, “Where Is Your Worship?” because as I sat depressed over the loss of a beloved person in my life or over my current life circumstances, the evidence was clear that I was not focused on Him. There are a ton of scriptures throughout the Bible that express how God cares for us. Whether in John 3:16 where He sent His Son to die for us, or Jeremiah 29:11 where he holds our hope and future, or where he knows the very number of hair strands that remain on this slightly balding head of mine as per Matthew 10:30. So we know God loves us and is concerned for us. But do we hold that same concern for Him. Does He hold our attention the way that we hold His?