Have you ever had a period in your life when you felt like God wasn’t near?
I think we’ve all been there. We’ve all had times when we’ve felt like our prayers were just bouncing off the ceiling.
King David wrote, “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Psalm 139:7) This Sunday we’re singing a new song that says:
In every breath, every joy and tear
Every passing hour, let me know
In life, in death, for eternity
Oh God, be here with me
While we’re assured that God is always with us and nothing can separate us from His love, it doesn’t always feel that way (Romans 8:31-39).
When God feels far away, it isn’t God’s fault. He is always faithful, always the same, always consistent. When God feels far away, it’s a heart issue; our heart issue.
So what do we do when God feels as far away as the stars?
Diligently seek Him. God says to the prophet Jeremiah, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jeremiah 29:13). Are you seeking God? When you wake in the morning, is your first thought to have a conversation with God? Are you spending time in His word, getting to know your Heavenly Father? With every breath, are you asking for His will to be done? It’s easy to get distracted by this world. Seek Him and you will find He is closer than your next heartbeat.
Declare war on sin. Jesus says, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8). When we make a habit of sin and allow it to run rampant, we put a barrier between ourselves and our God. God calls us to be holy as He is holy. Make Psalm 139:24 your prayer: “Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Destroy your idols. What or who have you put on the throne where only God should reside? Are you seeking the approval of man above the approval of God? Are you putting your hope and peace in a spouse, a job, a gadget? These things will ultimately fail you and leave you wanting. Ask someone you trust to help you identify your idols so that God can begin to change your heart.
Every week we post the music set list for the upcoming Sunday service. This week, allow these songs to serve as a reminder of God’s presence.