Absence of God

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 13:32-37

The Absence of God? What a sorry topic for a devotional. I should be ashamed. Don’t I know that God is always and everywhere present? (I know.) Haven’t I heard the Savior’s promise, “Lo, I am with you always”? (Haven’t I read the Heidelberg Catechism, which says of Christ, in Article 47: “In his divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit, he is never absent from us”? (I read it.) But because I am a pastor I know that many people myself included experience the absence of God. We go through seasons of spiritual famine, when God seems to go back on his promise to be with us always. That may not be ultimate reality, but it is the reality in which we live.

In today’s parable the Son of Man is depicted as an absentee landlord who goes away. The servants know he is coming back, but they don’t know when. All they can do is work. And watch.

We don’t know when our absent Lord will return. But he will return. In the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning, or in the middle of the budget presentation at the next congregational meeting. And when he comes the spiritual drought will end in a deluge of glorious rain. How then should we live?


Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.