The following piece was first written in July 2015. However, I believe its content is still relevant today. With a few edits, and some tightening up here and there, I hope this post can bring fresh encouragement to you, the reader. Enjoy!
Do you feel distant from God?
If so, this word of encouragement is for you.
As a follower of Christ, there will be times when God withdraws His felt presence. But that doesn’t mean He isn’t with you. Nor does it automatically mean that you’re doing something wrong. Sure, unrepentant sin, or indulging in worldly pleasures, would break the harmony in your relationship with God and result in you feeling distant from Him. But feeling distant from God doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve committed a crime.
Why, then, would God withdraw His felt presence?
In the same way a father or mother eventually removes the training wheels from their child’s bike, our Heavenly Father will at times remove His felt presence to help us grow. By doing this, God is cultivating within us two things: a heart that genuinely longs for Him, and a faith that doesn’t lean on emotion or hype. To be clear, God desires for us to seek and enjoy His presence. He does not, however, want our spirituality to depend on feelings – He wants it to rest on faith. So don’t be discouraged if lately you’ve “felt” distant from God. Rather, consider it pure joy because God is inviting you to peddle into a deeper relationship with him.
Keep pursuing – God is closer than you think.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20