Feeling Close To God
Do you ever experience moments when you feel an extraordinary closeness to God? Those instances during worship or morning prayers when you sense you could almost reach out and touch the divine presence. Yet, there are also times when God seems distant, especially when life’s challenges weigh heavily upon you or when you stumble and fall. These fluctuations in our connection with God can deeply impact our prayers.
As followers of Christ, it’s crucial to remember that we always have the remarkable privilege of approaching God boldly (Hebrews 4:16). The sense of distance, then, arises not from God, but from within ourselves. Moreover, the belief that we must be in a specific place of worship or engaged in prayer to feel close to God is a misconception we should address.
Our beliefs are the doors that keep shutting the passage to the realities that God has promised.
Our beliefs can act as doors, either shutting us off from or opening us up to the extraordinary realities God has promised us. Often, after we’ve sinned, we struggle to feel God’s nearness because we feel compelled to first muster up a certain level of repentance. During worship, we sense God’s presence because we’ve feel we are doing something worthy of experiencing His presence. When we go through tough times, we may feel abandoned by God because we hesitate to believe that He is fully aware of our hardships and may not answer our prayers as we desire.
God’s Truth is Always True
even when it does not feel true
Let us remind ourselves that God’s truth remains unchanging, even when our emotions deceive us. If you ever feel that God is distant, remember His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Embrace this truth, choosing to walk forward in faith, and you’ll be amazed at the transformation that unfolds.
Together, let us embark on a journey of discovering God’s ever-present love, unbounded by circumstances or fleeting emotions. His unwavering embrace awaits, ready to strengthen and guide us through every step of life’s incredible voyage.