When God Seems Distant

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Often times when we go to church, we depend on the musician to hit a high note or the choir or soloist to sing an emotional song or the pastor to preach in tune with the musician, to get us to a place of worshiping God.  In this manner, we get high from worship on Sunday then go “MIA” or “AWOL” during the week…  It then becomes justifiable or convenient to say we can’t “feel” God when we are away from church and during the week.  In the old testament when God used Elijah to prove to a foreign nation that He was the true and living God, Elijah performed mightily through unwavering faith and the miraculous power of God.  Then immediately after, Elijah experienced a low ebb…  The evil Jezebel sent out death threats throughout all the land which paralyzed Elijah with fear…. sending him spiraling, delusional and hiding in a cave… AWOL… He completely forgot about the power of God; he felt alone and that God had distanced Himself from him.  He couldn’t feel God’s presence in his life.

When we go through our “highs” and “lows” and feeling as though God is angry with us or punishing us, it’s important to remember worship is not based on an experience.  Worship is your spirit connecting to His.  It’s daily, not just one day, it’s continually, not just for a moment.  BJ Thomas penned these words, “I’m hooked on a feeling, I’m high on believing that you’re in love with me.”  As believers, we are not “hooked” on a feeling, we are “hooked” on the love of God and live by faith.  He wants us to know that He is good and His mercy endures forever and that He will never leave us nor forsake us, and He is still on the throne.  (suggested reading: I Kings 19)

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