“Where is God?”
In the midst of tragedy, people often ask this question. I’m sure the widow in this story asked the same. Her husband had already died, and now her only son was gone. Not only were these the people she loved, but they were also her only means of support. In those days, without a husband or son to take care of her, she was doomed to a life of destitution.
And so as she wept, I would not be surprised if she asked, “God where are you? Do you really care? Why did you allow this to happen?”
Then God came.
One crowd gathered around a dead man came face to face with another crowd gathered around the Author of life. And when Jesus saw the mourning mother, his heart went out to her, and said, “Don’t cry.” He walked up to the dead man and raised him back to life.
When the crowd saw it, they were stunned, and then exuberant, shouting,
“A great prophet has appeared among us…God has come to help his people.”
Where is God? He has already come. And he is near. You may not see him. You may not sense him. But he is here. He sees your weeping. He sees your sorrow. And he cares.
He proved that on the cross 2000 years ago when he gave his own life for a world that was broken by sin. And by rising from the dead, he proved he has the power to save us from whatever problem we may face, just as he helped that poor widow in Nain. All we have to do is ask.
As David put it,
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)