All of us at different times will experience seasons when we struggle to feel the lack of God’s presence. The profound Christian author and theologian C.S. Lewis described this experience in his book 'A Grief Observed' where he relates his experiencing of sorrow and grief after his wife’s death. In it he writes, “Where is God? Go to Him when your need is desperate…and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that silence.”
Have you ever felt abandoned, alone and lost somewhere in the wilderness longing for God’s presence, comfort, and peace, but instead found coldness and isolation? I have - and more than once too! But here’s the answer that will always get us on track, and that is to be reminded of the promises given to us in God’s Word. The Bible is full of sure, strong promises that show over and over again that we can trust Him even when He doesn’t actively or immediately reveal Himself. Once I opened the Word and re-read these many promises, I found the inner peace I so needed assuring me that God was in fact with me, and that he would NEVER forsake me no matter how I FELT or the apparent direness of my circumstances.
If you’ll carefully look at your life, you will most likely see how God has revealed Himself at unexpected times. Perhaps you can now see that life took different turns because He either opened (or closed!) doors or changed the direction of your life in ways then you could not see or understand at the time. Keep in mind always that God is the one that created you, and He wants you to have a glorious, exciting, abundant life! He is always present with you even if it seems He may be far away. When you re-read the promises in His Word, they are always sure and there to comfort us in time of need.
Your heavenly Father loves you beyond measure and He wants your total dependence upon Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul. Lean not upon your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” If you are in crisis or trauma, always remember what Jesus has promised us when he said:
“Come to me, all who are weary
and I will give you rest.”
Whenever you may feel alone with no one to turn to, come to Jesus and share everything with Him that
concerns you. He already knows all of your needs even before you know them yourself.
Yes, even without “feeling” the presence of God, walk in faith -
because the Lord is walking right there beside you.
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