God never puts distance between Him and us. We are the ones who put distance between God and ourselves. I know this because I am going through a time in my life where doubts and distance have come between God and I. I want to clarify, I’m not doubting God’s existence, but I’ve been doubting some of the promises that He’s made to me over the years.
What is the danger of feeling distant from God? The French poet Charles Baudelaire once said, “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist.” Feeling distant from God doesn’t necessarily mean that you are under a spiritual attack. However, just because it doesn’t feel like Satan is attacking you, it doesn’t mean that he won’t use your circumstance to his advantage. That’s why it’s important to develop our relationships with God.
Here are some verses/quotes that can help us do that!
C.S. Lewis – “I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” One of my favorites! When we distance ourselves from God, we start doing life on our own, in our own way and the more frustrated we get, the further we walk from God. When we finally admit that God is God, that’s when we begin the walk back into God’s open arms.
Psalm 32:8 (NLT) – The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” God promises that He will guide us, advise us and watch over us.
John 8:12 & 14 (NASB) – Then Jesus spoke to them [Pharisees] saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life” Jesus answered and said to them [Pharisees again], “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going…”
John 14:27 (NLT) – “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Romans 5:3-5 (NIV) – “…we also rejoice in our sufferings [struggles, doubts, troubles, testing, trials, etc.] because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured our His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”
God knows that we will have doubts in our relationship with Him. Sometimes it just gets hard to keep believing, but if we persevere (keep going even when we don’t want to), God will use that to build character and hope in our lives. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t fully understand or if you think the Bible contradicts itself. These things happen to all Christians. It’s important to remember however, God never contradicts Himself even though sometimes it might seem like it.
Psalm 23:1-3 – The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…