When God Seems Far Away
When God seems far away, our natural instinct may be to turn from Him altogether.
After all, if He is God, why doesn’t He just fix our problems? As long as humans are on the earth, there will be suffering. In the book of Romans, Paul encourages us to remember that God is a just and loving God and that He is by our side, even during life’s toughest trials.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
The Holy Spirit is with us every minute, of every day.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17
When we actively seek God, it shows that we are willing to put our trust in Him.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its toots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought not cease to yield fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
As we draw closer to Him, we can actually obtain the nourishment our souls need to sustain us whenever we are asked to walk through the storms of life. Similar to a tree whose roots are sustained by a nearby stream, we can plant ourselves near God so that we are able to draw strength from Him. Our spiritual roots will grow deep so that when a hurricane force problem comes, we will not be moved or uprooted.
Our problems, pain, sadness, grief, and every tear will all go away once He returns again. But until that time, we can be assured of His love for us!
Remember, ask a trusted friend to pray with you and remain close to the local church, who can be a great help in troubling times. Make sure to offer your help too! Sometimes our greatest blessings come when we focus on others. God bless!