Have you ever asked this question? Has there ever been a season where God does not seem to be nearby? I am at this stage right now, and I often wonder why He does this. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to develop an amazing relationship with our Savior if he always felt close? In these seasons (and yes that was plural), it is hard to not lose faith. We so quickly forget that God has not left us, even when we do not feel him. But I am starting to realize that is not how relationships work.
Are there times in your marriage where it is just a lot of work? Marriage is not always butterflies and romance (but wouldn’t that be wonderful?). Sometimes, the most important part of marriage is remembering that a commitment was made to fight for your relationship. The same is true about our relationship with God. When we do not feel Him, and he does not seem to be near, we need to remember that we are committed. Sometimes, relationships take work. That is just the way it is. But relationships are worth fighting for.
So in this season where I do not feel God is near (or He is being silent), I will continue to push into my relationship with him. He will not be silent forever, and I know when we come out of this, we will have a stronger relationship than before. So for now, I will pursue a deeper relationship with God and know that in the end, our relationship will be stronger because of it. I will dig into the word, and pray fervently for God to reveal himself. But I know that even though He feels absent, that does not mean that He is not working. We will come through this stronger than before, and I cannot wait for that day. But until then, I am patiently waiting on the Lord and seeking after Him.
What do you do when God does not feel near? It would be so easy to throw our hands up in the air and not pursue after Him, but I urge you, seek His heart. Take heart, my dear friends. God wants you to fight! Do not give up!
“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”