There is a story from Jesus’ childhood where his parents left him in Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52). His parents get a day out on their way back home before realizing that he was not with them, and it takes another two days to find him. After leaving Jesus alone for three days, his mother shames him by blaming him for going missing. Jesus response was very direct: “you knew I would be about my father’s business.”
Here is a very interesting exchange. Substituting God for Jesus, this can be restated as the following:
Mary misplaces God and then blames Him for going missing. God then responds to Mary, you knew where I would be found.
Too often we get too preoccupied with our own thoughts and priorities; we don’t notice when God has moved to something else or is no longer with us. When we do notice Him not there, we question where He has gone as if it was His decision for us to be separated. A Christian without the presence of God is in a frightful place. Our life, security, and success all come from God going with us. This is why Moses told God, “if your presence doesn’t go with us, don’t send us from here” (Exodus 33:15).
If you feel alone from God, try these five ways to find God and to bring you back into His presence.
1. Go look for something that only He can do.
This is something I got from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God, and it has helped me frequently. There are things man can do and things that God can do, but God likes to do things that only He can do through me and you. As we gravitate toward activities that only God can do, He opens Himself to us to be used by Him and engaged with Him.
2. Take risks.
God is attracted to faith (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is expressed through believing in God over what we can see. When we move toward people and engage with them about God’s love for them, God shows up. We can talk to them about the love of God expressed through salvation, financial provisions, release from depression, physical healings, satisfaction of dreams, etc. God cares deeply about people and when we choose faith that God is going to show up over what looks impossible, God is greatly pleased.
3. Be still and rest.
Sometimes we are too stressed to hear what God is trying to say. We need to cease from striving and wait on the Lord. Relax. Listen to some worship music or just be silent. Think about God’s love for you. He adores you and will be attracted to your heart opening up to Him (James 4:8).
4. Read the Bible.
This is not meant to be a way to force God’s hand, but we can allow our heart to engage and be transformed by the reading of the Scriptures. When we approach the Bible with the attitude of finding God, He can renew our minds to correct misinterpretations of God’s ways. Then we are opened up to be enlightened to where God is working in our lives now.
5. Pray with friends.
We are not meant to walk this life alone. God oftentimes makes us need others to enlarge His joy. He loves the unity of His children, and He will speak to us through others because it delights Him. It is in unity that God bestows blessings (Psalm 133). It is not meant to only be us and God. Are you looking for God? He could be hiding in the presence of another.
This is not meant to be a complete list, but I hope it gives you some tracks to ride on. God wants to be found. He says if we seek Him we will find Him. At the same time, He will not prostitute Himself by giving Himself freely to those who are not wanting to commit to Him. God wants to be pursued, and He wants to be found.
Love it!! It’s never God who moves, but us… Thank you for posting!!
Thanks Nicole. Blessings.
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Wonderful and impacting.
Can we add this to the ways no three; as we are listening to worship music or be silent. let us also add fasting to it. thanks
Absolutely. God will use everything to help us find Him… if we are looking. 🙂
wonderful article. All aspects are clearly defined. Thanks for posting such a blessed article.
I’m so glad to come in contact with u man of God.
Thank you. Did you get signed up to the emails? May you experience a greater intimacy with the Father.
For sure it’s up to us to go to him, that’s why he said to Isaiah “all you who are thirsty come and drink; not am coming you drink”(Isaiah 55) For God can For sure be found in someone so for us to reach him we have to go with someone, just as it was with Elisha, for him to find God and be anointed as a prophet he had to have someone (Elijah) (2Kings 2:1-14). Thank you for the message Coach.
Thank you for this post. It’s nice to know how to become aware of God’s Presence with us. However, something that was mentioned at the beginning of this post kind of bothered me and increased my fear. You said, “We don’t notice when God has moved to something else or is no longer with us.” But in many places in Scripture, it’s very clear that God is always present with His children, through the Holy Spirit living within each of us. Hebrews 13:5 says, “Never will I leave you; Never will I forsake you”. And because God can pay attention to each of us at the same time, He can’t divert His attention to something else. It may “seem” like He has left, or diverted His attention, but in reality, He never left and is still paying attention. It could be that He is silent, but even there, if we truly seek Him, we will hear Him speaking, even in the silence.
He says, “Come to Me.”
When we draw near He is always there.
Thanks for this post.
I have prayed to become better in my prayer life. And I have been blessed with you to help me. Thank you for your calling to be a prayer coach.
Teresa, I appreciate your encouragement.
I love how taking risks and being still are both ways that we can feel closer to God. It’s not a stagnant relationship…always open for new developments
Hi Kevin, I am so blessed, by the massages from all of you, two weeks back I was felling so empty inside deep in my heart, I have try to pray, but I still felt that God is still far from me, I just decided to fast for 4 days , on the second day I was filled with the holly spirit things started to change everything that I ever needed mostly it was just overflowing in my life
Thank you so much for this reminder. It is such a good encouragement as I start the year 2023. There is no better way to start another year than communicating with God through prayer and His word. I desire prayer to be my habbit. I can only do it by His grace and you are one of His instruments so I can push myself through as I develop the prayer habbit.