Do You Feel God Is Distant? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 6)
Isaiah 8:17 (NLT)
I will wait for the Lord, who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my hope in him.
It is easy to believe in God when things are going well — when food is on the table, bills are paid, family is healthy, and life is going good. But what happens when situations take a turn south? What do we do when God seems so far away from us?
In life, we will face some difficult tests. We will be tempted to give up when all hope seems lost. And there will be times when we will not understand our pain or suffering. God sends these moments into our lives not to see us doubt and get discouraged, but to see if we will still trust Him enough to go in the opposite direction.
When God feels distant, we can take comfort in the fact that He is not really distant — He is closer than ever before — just in a different way. We can know Him on a deeper, more intimate level than we ever have in our lives when we thank Him in spite of pain, love Him during periods of trial, and surrender to His will during moments of suffering.
The greatest tests in life come not in good times — for it is easy to pass such tests. But the most difficult tests come in times of doubt, abandonment, pain, and heartbreak. How do we get through these tests? By trusting in God, knowing that His will is perfect and His promises are sure, remembering past blessings, and knowing He is closer than we think — even if we can’t feel it.
“Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.”
— V. Raymond Edman