When Elijah departed in a whirlwind, Elisha asked an unusual question. Instead of contemplating his mentor’s whereabouts, the prophet demanded:
“Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” (2 Kings 2:14)
Job cried, “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat!” (Job 23:3) He laments, “Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold; When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him” (Job 23:8-9). When God seems to be missing, we are tempted to assign blame―or make excuses. Sometimes we blame ourselves, circumstances, or the church. Occasionally we blame God.