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When God Feels Far Away
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:00:10 AM »

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When God Feels Far Away


When God Feels Far Away


When God Feels Far Away


5 ways you can reconnect with him


By Kelli B. Trujillo






"My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46). Jesus uttered these raw and soul-weary words as he hung dying on the cross. He was quoting David’s painfully honest prayer in Psalm 22, which goes on to say, “Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. . . . O LORD, do not stay far away!” (verses 1–2, 19).


Have you ever felt forsaken or abandoned by God? Has it ever seemed to you that he is far away, ignoring your heartfelt prayers? Have you ever felt spiritually alone?


Where Are You, God?


“A few years ago, I went through an experience that I can only describe as God’s silence,” Lesa Engelthaler explains. “It began with multiple nos in answer to my prayer requests. Then after some time, I could not feel his presence at all. Some might describe it as a dark night of the soul. It was definitely a time when God seemed far away. It broke my heart and shook my faith.” For Lesa, this period of spiritual struggle lasted several years.


Dedicated faith doesn’t protect us from painful experiences like these and many other forms of suffering—but God’s powerful promise is that he is with us through and amid the torrent


Darcy Wiley had a similar experience while serving as a missionary in a country that is closed to the gospel. “I struggled with sadness about a broken relationship back home,” she describes. “My emails were going unanswered and my prayers seemed the same. Soon, it became difficult to concentrate on the love right in front of me: love from God, good friends, and the people I’d come to serve. I felt distant from God and unfit for ministry.” Darcy felt this way, she explains, even though, “I knew in my head that God was always near.”


Embracing God's Promises


Despite what we feel during periods of spiritual loneliness, God’s faithful presence with us is an unchanging and eternal reality. We are never alone. Every circumstance we walk through and every emotion we feel can be viewed through the lens of God’s truth: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).


Does this mean we never feel like God is far away? Certainly not. Throughout Scripture we see experiences of spiritual loneliness like Darcy’s or dark nights like Lesa’s for even the most earnest of believers. Dedicated faith doesn’t protect us from painful experiences like these and many other forms of suffering—but God’s powerful promise is that he is with us through and amid the torrent: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown” (Isaiah 43:2, emphasis added). When life frightens us or gets us down—or when life seems like a war and we feel like we’re alone on the battlefield—we can take confidence in God’s promise to be with us.




Source: When God Feels Far Away

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http://www.faithwall.co.uk/index.php/15-christian-family/3556-when-god-feels-far-away
http://www.todayschristianwoman.com/images/50907.jpg?w=220
http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2011/fall/growingdark.html
http://messageinamasonjar.com/author/darcywiley/
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+28%3A20%3B+Matthew+28&version=NLT
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+43%3A2%3B+Isaiah+43&version=NLT



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Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2014, 11:53:28 PM »
What evidence is there at these times of isolation from god, that God is actually far away?
If God is omnipresecnt, that means he is everywhere so how can we be excluded from Gods prescence?

The clue is in the word,'feels' there is no evidence that God isn't there we only 'feel' it. Lets put it in a better context.
How do you 'feel' about your nationality/ Do you feel that you are english on somedays, but not english on others. Does talking about feeling english actual make sence? God has promised that he will not let us go. Yes we may 'feel' isolated but it is only a 'feeling' and is not true. We need to learn that sometimes facts are more important than 'feelings' for as the bible says the heart is descieptfull.

TJ

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Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 02:16:40 AM »
ave you never felt like God has not left you - John ? wow.... cos I have

I understand that feelings  are below faith - however is not love a feeling ?

Surely the most important thing is Love.......which is a feeling..

I have compassion [a heart feeling] about genuine need] however there is a lot of [ Deceitfulness ]



Is God far away from David or Job or Saul at certain times in their lives : or solomon > ? I  would suggest that He is and that these are  the times when our faith is tested....

Is not Love a feelng ? or is Love a a fact ?

Do I put love into Action or do I put my faith into action and become a clanging cymbal ? 1 Corinthians 13:1;

TJ

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Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2014, 01:50:35 PM »
I suppose this is where the armour "Of God"comes into useage - note "not my armour but Gods"

So when I cannot see ahead,  I walk in blind faith and with my shield [Gods shield) I defend Ephesians 6:10-18;

Walking by sight is only seeing Jesus as Saviour through a dark time - when God seems far away, so I put "feelings" aside at this point - because feelings are getting in the way - but at the same time I do not suppress my feelings as irrelevant, but put them down [lay them down]

At this point I walk by fact - in faith, relying on the word day by day [Living Word - present tense]

As we all know "Love"is a key factor  of a child of God" as Love [Gods Love] is action , but action performed without God [Love] is dead

And so at a time when God seems distant and far away "I put my feelings on the altar" and wait for God to act

The problem is all too often "I can act without God" [Love]  and so I kind of push God aside and taken it upon myself "to sort out the mess"

[Hope that  help] also see:

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As I was fussing and trying to clean up the mess from the floor...he
carried on talking as if nothing had happened, it seemed as if he was
more interested in me than he was about the mess on the floor.

@ http://www.christianfaithchatrooms.co.uk/who-shall-ascend-the-hill-of-the-lord

Since that time God has seemed far away , but is that a test of faith - or is that my "feelings" ? - no you simply lay your feelings down but hold onto "Love/God"if faith is not tested - it cannot be faith

[good topic thanks]
http://www.christianfaithchatrooms.co.uk/who-shall-ascend-the-hill-of-the-lord

Offline John

Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2014, 10:56:35 PM »
Yes love is a feeling, but love is also an atitude of mind. When one marries there is a promise to love your bride, foresaking ALL others. That is not a feeling it is ones determination to love only one person. There are/will be times when one does not feel love for your wife, but you still have to love her. This is not negotiable and it is the same for the love of God.

We may think that God is far away, but is he. Is the one who sent his son to die for me, gong to live me to struggle through life all alone. We may go through testing times, we may have to struggle with faith, life etc, but we are not alone.




TJ

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Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2014, 11:35:08 PM »
Yes love is a feeling, but love is also an atitude of mind. When one marries there is a promise to love your bride, foresaking ALL others. That is not a feeling it is ones determination to love only one person. There are/will be times when one does not feel love for your wife, but you still have to love her. This is not negotiable and it is the same for the love of God.

We may think that God is far away, but is he. Is the one who sent his son to die for me, gong to live me to struggle through life all alone. We may go through testing times, we may have to struggle with faith, life etc, but we are not alone.

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When one marries there is a promise to love your bride, foresaking ALL others

Excellent , I had those very words pass through me  yesterday - checkmate   :D

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Re: When God Feels Far Away
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2015, 06:40:42 PM »
Well lets see, a meme of 10 ways to love, one of which is trusting.  If we feel far away from God, are we trusting His promises of never leaving or forsaking us?

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ?Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.?


Psalm 9:10

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.



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