|Do You Ever Feel Distant From God? Don’t Trust Your Feelings.
By Greg Sanders
One of the emotions I think all believes eventually experience on their journey of faith is the feeling of being distant from God. Even when a person begins to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, somewhere along the path, life can feel isolated. What do you do when God feels far away? Trust His faithfulness more than your feelings.
Remember that God never leaves you or forsakes you.
God’s word is greater than your feelings. Feelings will lead you 100 miles in the wrong direction. God’s word always leads you in the right direction. God’s word says in Deuteronomy 31:6, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Remember that God leads you.
I am convinced that God wants us to walk by faith and not by our feelings. Don’t get me wrong; I love feeling God’s presence. I love to sense His Spirit talking to me as I go through the day. I would not trade that for anything. However, I know that those intimate feelings of His presence sometimes seem distant. I believe that the Holy Spirit goes on ahead of us and lets us feel the distance between where He wants us and where we currently reside. That distance is not abandonment but rather an invitation to follow Him further and experience a new level of His grace.
Remember God loves you.
Romans 8:35 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Nothing can separate you from God’s love. The distance you feel is only a feeling. Nothing has, nothing can, and nothing will separate you from God’s love. When you feel distant from God, remember that He gave His best to be close to you
Today’s Challenge: Remember that God gave His best to be close to you. Thank God for the days when you feel close to Him. When those feelings fade because of the seasons of life, give God praise that it does not change the fact that He is near.