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September 9

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When God Seems Distant…

By Michael Q. Pink

September 9, 2009


“For He, God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake, nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]’ So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5 – Amp)

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Do you ever feel distant from God? You know He’s real and that He loves you but it feels more theoretical than experiential. You read His word, but don’t get too much from it. You go to church and leave wondering why you were there that day. Can anyone relate to this (besides a few pastors I know)? (o-: Here’s my advice for today… If you’re not feeling too connected to the Lord right now, cast that aside and go with what the Scripture says.

Jesus said He would never leave you, nor forsake, no never! Take Him at His word, regardless of how you feel! Just the other day, I was fighting that battle myself, when it occurred to me that I was believing a lie simply because I felt down. (Or perhaps I felt down because I was believing a lie.) I realized I had bought into a lie that God was distant, that He didn’t have much too say to me.

I was earnestly seeking God to speak something fresh to me, to give me a “now” word. That was when I realized I have had plenty of “now” words both by the Spirit and from Scripture over the years. I simply needed to respond as though they were true, because they are. I began to praise Him and thank Him and let Him know that while my emotions were on a low ebb and my spiritual senses were apparently on snooze mode, that I knew His word was true and the problem was not with Him, but with me.

That day I chose to believe what God had spoken in times past regardless of how I felt at the moment. As I confessed the truth of His word, hope sprang up and faith arose. I repented for basing my beliefs and words on what I felt or didn’t feel and set my heart hard on the baseline of Scripture. Friends, I write this today because I know many, many of you are struggling in a similar way. We all do at times. I just want you to know there is a way out. Put your trust in God and what He promised, not on how you feel. It will set you free!

Michael Q. Pink

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