As a Pastor, I’m often asked the tough questions. One of the biggest is the title and subject of an excellent book, Why Is God Ignoring Me?: What to Do When It Feels Like He’s Giving You the Silent Treatment. Having read Gary Habermas’ answers, I’m slightly more confident about the next time this question comes before me.
Gary is quite the scholar with an excellent web site full of resources to show for it. He’s a skilled apologist and deep intellectual, but this book feels more like a Pastor talking to a bewildered church visitor in search of answers… which is exactly what I need.
The book is more of an eight chapter long conversation about what the Bible has to say about the question of God’s inattentiveness. Gary is quick to point out that the question itself is actually the problem. We allow our feelings of God’s distance to dictate our theology of what God should be doing rather than allowing Scripture and history to tell us what God actually does.
Gary is true to a biblical theology. Yes God works miracles supernaturally, but rarely. Yes God listens, but there are plenty of biblical examples of times when people were allowed to suffer, even to martyrdom.
Ultimately, my greatest takeaway was that it’s not about our cultural understanding of God or our emotional interpretation of Him, it’s about the facts of Scripture as we know them. And it’s about God as we come to know Him. Gary quotes J. I. Packer on this point…
There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favour to them in life, through death, and on for ever.
~ J. I. Packer, Knowing God (aff link)
It’s well worth the read, especially if you’re struggling to understand the silence of God or if you’re faced with the question, why is God ignoring me?