Encouragement Series Part 4
“I feel distant from God.”
Have you had this distant feeling before? Ever feel like you are talking to a wall when you pray? Have you screamed out to God what you thought you needed only to get something different? Where is God during these times?
These are all valid questions and many of us, even the so called “best of us”, have felt this way.
If you are currently suffering in abuse this can be a VERY lonely place! I want to encourage you to not give up hope and reach our for help!
If you are recovering from abuse and struggling; this can also feel very lonely.
I needed someone by my side to hold me up, give me words of encouragement, and love me unconditionally. It was very hard for me to see that that was already happening from others. God put people in my life that did that but I wanted more. The “more” I wanted could only come from God himself. After exploring my options for love, after burdening people with my abandonment issues, after lashing out at the ones who were trying their best to love me, I finally turned to God – fully and completely. It was a day of heart ache and pain yet joy and peace. The turning over myself to rely on Him COMPLETELY hurt!! It was like pulling out a stake from my body that has become used to being there. It became one with me even though it was foreign to my body. Tearing it out; I was crying, weeping, as I said it; out loud to God, “I am going to trust you!” Then the peace came. Then the joy came.
James 4:8 says, “Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you.”
This is His promise!! Hold tight! Don’t give up! God has not promised us we will FEEL Him there but he has promised
He will be there! He is not distant – He is not far – He is near.