Tavares D. Mathews
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“Where was God?” – Part 2
There are plenty of Scriptures which indicate that God will always be there for the righteous. Which indicate that He will never forsake those who are His. But, at the same time, there are equally abundant accounts in Biblical history where God’s servants are persecuted and even killed for standing up for Him. What should we make of such? The first place of which we see the righteous ill-treated is in the case of Abel. Where was God when Cain lifted his hand to murder his innocent brother? Even Jesus called Abel a righteous man (Matt. 23:35; cf. Heb. 11:4).
In this article, we want to take a look at Scriptures which acknowledge that God is able to deliver the righteous. We will take note of scriptural accounts when the righteous is delivered and others when they are not. We will notice cases when one righteous person is delivered while the others are not.
Let us begin by noticing that the Scriptures affirm the fact that God can and will deliver the righteous. Furthermore, they assert that God answers the prayers of the righteous. The Scriptures also emphasize that God cares about the burdens which we bear.
“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” (1 Peter 3:12,13)
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).
These scriptures attest to the fact that God is able to protect those who are His. They inform us that we may ask God what we will and He will give us those things – for He continuously cares for us.
When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were commanded to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, they refused. But, notice the account.