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When God Feels Far Away

Recently, I felt like my faith was losing steam. My zeal and enthusiasm for God was draining away, kind of like a car leaking oil. You can put in more oil, but it keeps leaking out.

Satan was putting doubts in my mind, even if only briefly.

I couldn’t feel God. I didn’t feel like praying. I didn’t even feel like going to church. I didn’t feel like reading my Bible. I just wanted to watch Madam Secretary, play games on my Ipad, and eat.

But instead, I did pray ( although without emotion). I did go to church. I did read my Bible. And I continued to write my blog. I went through the motions, all the while Satan whispered lies in my ear. At the time, I was ashamed because I thought they were my thoughts!

But Jesus said, “When (Satan) lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 .

But then God . . .

Then, in church, we sang, Jesus Draw Me Nearer by Keith Getty. As I sang the words, I knew God was explaining things to me.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart’s testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

God was testing my heart! I realized that God was making me stronger. If I lost all emotion, all feeling and joy, would I still pray? Would I still read His Word? Would I still serve Him?

Yes, Lord. I will. Let me pass the test. Make my heart pure. Make me strong.

Did God let Satan test me? I think He did. Once I realized that I was in a test, I became strong because I knew those thoughts of doubt were lies from Satan. I knew God wanted to make me stronger.

So next time your joy disappears, it seems like God is far away, or something happens that you don’t understand – maybe you’re taking the same test I just took. Maybe God is making you stronger!

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 MSG

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.” Proverbs 17:3 NIV

Jesus Draw Me Nearer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOVGChMsPsg&list=RDq3N9VNe7Jto&index=2

With Love, 

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

Click this link to learn more about Jesus: Who Is Jesus?

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17 thoughts on “When God Feels Far Away”

  1. Excellent post Cindy. I think a lot of us are being tested and I agree with you, sometimes it can get pretty bare bone, but . . . God is so faithful and He does not leave us alone. I am discovering that just like God’s presence can ebb away in small increments, in like manner, He returns when we in faith call and reach out to Him, and prayer is so vital. I just tell Him like it is (He already knows anyway) and how I need Him. I love the ministry you have here, the way you share from your heart. He is stretching our faith and it is good. God’s peace, grace and blessings, as always, to you and yours.

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  2. Hi Cindy, what a beautiful devotional post my sister! I can so relate to your journey, as I am sure can many others. The joy in this is that through Him you prevailed and conquered the trial. What a blessing it is when He guides us out of the mire and sets us on a rock, Amen! You need a new YouTube music link for the song by the way. God bless you sister.

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  3. A very encouraging message to keep praying, reading His word and continue to fellowship even when we do not feel like.
    There is a saying when we are in a test the teacher is silent but very much around. It is good to remember that.
    Blessings to you Cindy.

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  4. Sometimes this old world and all its troubles weigh me down, as well as desires and concerns for those I love. I was just telling a friend yesterday that sometimes I feel flat. Thank you for speaking to my heart today, Cindy. This was affirming and encouraging to me. Bless you!

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  5. What an encouraging message! I have definitely felt the way you have. One day you are full steam ahead and then out of nowhere the brakes are slammed on and it all comes to a screeching halt. The enemy thrives on these moments and takes the opportunity as the next social media challenge. Those whispers come in and sometimes it’s hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel. In each step of our journey we encounter things to strengthen our faith and trust in Him. All we have to do is stay the course, and the reward will be that day we hear, “well done my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” God bless you sister. God is good!

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  6. “I was ashamed because I thought they were my thoughts!” Yep, as I said in one of my posts, Satan speaks in a voice that sounds just like mine – and in the first person!

    PS. I went to tap on “See Comment” for your feedback on my post “When God says ‘No'” and accidentally hit “mark as spam.” :/ I want you to know you will NEVER be “spam” in my book! ❤

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