2017-08-24 - When God Feels Far Away
Most of us have experienced a dry spell where God feels far away. When we're not sure our prayers are being heard. It's a frustrating and very sad time. I got a letter from a young lady we support in Thailand asking this question. She said:
Please help pray for me so I'll not feel neglected by God.
Reading this was difficult. When you know how hard this is and know someone is struggling through with it for the first time, it's hard for you as well. She's a young believer. It is bad enough when this feeling of separation happens with a close friend or family member. When it happens with the One we've trusted with our eternal lives it is very hard. How do we respond?
There are a lot of thoughts on the subject. I'm going to try to keep it to the basics. First, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then you know He loves you very much. He died on the cross bearing your sins and mine of His own free will. He promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). In dying for us He showed us how important we are, individually, to Him. Jesus explained to his disciples:
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
There are times when our feelings get in the way. We get into a tough situation and believe we have been neglected when that is not the case. His promises are true and faithful. He is trustworthy beyond any doubt.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
The faith of this young lady impressed me. She asked us first to pray for her. That brought tears to my eyes. She reached out to us in trust to us to ask God to support her in this difficult time. I know how many times I will try to push through something myself instead of kneeling my heart in prayer. Call on your most closest friends and family to pray with you.
Is there more? Sometimes, yes - but often no. It can be as simple as allowing the clouds of life to get us down. Trusting God to be true to His promises, and praying asking for His help and direction are important first steps. If the feelings persist it might be wise to speak to a Pastor or counselor as a next step. If you have questions beyond this there are a few on staff here that might be able to answer your questions.
Lord Jesus - Thank you for your love and your faithfulness. When we feel like You are far away help us to trust the promises that You have given us. Surround us with friends and family that will support us. Help us to see what it is You might be showing us. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.