Where was God while Satan was in the garden tempting Eve? Where was God, while Satan was afflicting Job? He was and still is present in His Word. Didn’t God give them specific instructions concerning what they should eat and the tree that they were not to partake of in the garden? Therefore, God was present with them but in Word form.
He wasn’t physically with them because He wanted them to trust in His Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD!” If they had the Word in their hearts than He was in their hearts with them but they could only know this by faith. The same applies with us. If we have the Word in our hearts, then God is with us but not in a physical or tangible way.
Therefore, we must believe that He is with us through faith. Why? Jesus, the Word incarnate said, “If you have seen Me than you have seen the Father.” If we hide the Word of God in our hearts than the God of the Word is also in our hearts. Now, if Satan can get us to doubt the Word or be hearers of the Word and not doers than he can use this to his advantage.
David wrote a psalm to the Lord and in it he declares a truth that we all must know and practice as children of God. He proclaimed, “Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against it.” If the Word isn’t hidden in our hearts through obedience, then we can fall prey to temptation and sin against it. It is very obvious that Adam didn’t keep the Word that God spoke into his hearing because he didn’t keep the serpent out of the garden, nor did he stop Eve from eating the fruit. He was standing beside her while she looked on the fruit, took the fruit from the tree and partook of it and gave to him and he ate.
Since they didn’t bother to obey God’s commands the Word of God wasn’t in their hearts and this opened the door for Satan to bring doubt into the hearts. If we separate ourselves from God by ignoring the Word of God through the act of omission, this will cause us to feel as though God has somehow forsaken us but He has promised us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us in the New and Old Testaments. Let’s look at an example of where it seemed as though God just didn’t care about someone and allowed them to die without any help.
When Lazarus died, Jesus waited four days to return. Martha chided Him for His negligence. She was angry at Jesus because He had ignored her request for Him to come in person and heal her brother. Why didn’t Jesus come to heal Lazarus while he was sick? Why did He ignore Mary and Martha’s request and allow their brother to die and lay in a tomb for four days? The answer has been there all this time and apparently we’ve been so distracted that we missed it like they did that day.
John 11 : 11 – 15, These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up." Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well." However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him." NKJV
Jesus didn’t go that He might cause the disciples to believe in Him once Lazarus was raised from the dead. Jesus used a “death” situation to teach His disciples, and us to have faith in His Word and use His Word in the same manner that He does and expect the same results. When we live by the Word and activate the power of God’s Word in our death situations, the Word will reassure our hearts through faith that God is with us. We might not be able to see or touch Him but He is just as present, powerful and real.
Romans 10 : 6 – 11, But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." NKJV
Are you living by faith through obedience to God’s Word? If you’re not abiding in His Word through active faith then it will give place to the enemy to cause doubt and unbelief in your heart. We don’t need Jesus in the flesh in order to have a victorious life. We have Him already in our hearts when we believe and obey His Word on a daily basis. With God all things are possible.
God has been there all along,
Pastor Asa Dockery
Pastor Asa Dockery