As I have enjoyed the perspective and style of author Philip Yancey with several of his books that I have read in the past few months, I was eager to dive into a book he wrote nearly 25 years ago entitled Disappointment with God. The book poses three main questions:
- Is God unfair?
- Is God silent?
- Is God hidden?
In my world I would indeed say that God is decidedly hidden and silent. A God that is hidden and silent may therefore not be seen so much as unfair, but as absent, impotent, uncaring, or non-existent. The frustrating thing for me is that the more absent He seems in my life, the more my disappointment grows, and the more my stuttering faith weakens. I don't think any of us necessarily needs a Red Sea parting miracle to be strengthened when life tears us down, just an unmistakeable stirring from the Spirit every once in a while to remind us of who we are.