Ever wonder where God was when...? Ever had a need that God didn't seem to meet? Ever think that God just didn't care about you in your circumstance?
Below is an article written by John Piper to an eleven year old about these very questions. Take time to think through and investigate these thoughts and compare them against what God's Word says. Because of the articles length, it has been broken up into 7 parts.
This is not your real name. But I do know your real name. It starts with an A. Your father told me your name. And I know you are 11 years old. And I believe your parents want to be missionaries.
After I preached in South Carolina recently, your father came up to me and handed me a note with his email address and your name on it. He asked me to write to you. He was very serious and said you had a serious question. The question was something like this:
If God promises to meet all our needs, why are we hungry?
I had just preached a message about the complete authority of Jesus over everything. I didn’t get a chance to talk to your father very long. But I think he agreed with what I said. So he wondered how I would answer your question.
It sounds like your family has been going through some hard times. I am sorry about this. It makes me sad. The Bible says that you and I are like parts of the same body. You are like an arm, and I am like a leg. That means that when you are having a hard time, I feel it, because the Bible says, “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
The Bible also says that God’s love makes us want to help people in need. “If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love remain in him?” (1 John 3:17). So if I can help you with something you need, please let me know.
But what your father asked for was not money. He asked for an answer to your question. This means your father loves you very much. He wants you to have truth in your heart, as well as food in your stomach. He knows that there are some situations when truth in the heart is more important than food in the stomach. I’ll tell you about one of those situations in a few minutes.
Tommy, let me tell you a few things that I said to your father and all those people who were at that meeting in South Carolina. These are the things that make your question really important.
God Governs the Smallest Things
Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). I said this means that Jesus is the absolute ruler over the world and everything in it, including how much food is in your refrigerator, and what kind of car your family drives, and what kind of house you rent, and how many toys you can have.
Do you know what a sparrow is? You’ve probably seen lots of them where you live. Jesus knew all about little birds like this. They were everywhere. So many of them you couldn’t count them. One day Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matthew 10:29).
This is amazing! There are so many of them! Millions all over the world. And God has so much knowledge of each of them, and so much power over them, that not one of them dies and falls to the ground apart from God’s plan.
What was Jesus trying to teach us when he said this? Wasn’t he trying to help us see that even the smallest things in our lives are under God’s control? Things like billions of breezes all over the world, and countless waves on the ocean. He guides them all.
Article Source: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/letter-to-a-teenager-in-need