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๐—ง๐—ข๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—–๐Ÿ“: What To Do When It Feels Like God Is Far Away
Itโ€™s sometimes easy to feel as if God is far away from us, as though He doesnโ€™t hear us when we call. Itโ€™s easy to see the suffering around us and wonder where God is. Some days it seems like our prayers arenโ€™t being heard.
I donโ€™t think itโ€™s necessarily a lack of faith that causes this. Of course, we often drift far away from God, particularly when we donโ€™t make an active effort to invest in our relationship with Him. But sometimes we can find ourselves in circumstances where it just feels difficult. We feel stuck; we feel like our prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and hopelessness isnโ€™t far away.
In times like that, (Psalm 22) might be a comfort. The psalmist offers three pieces of practical advice to those of us who cry out the same words as he does in the first two verses:
โ€œMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me? โ€ŒWhy are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?โ€Œ O my God, I cry by day but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.โ€โ€Œ
1. Remember what God has already done.
Firstly, he urges us to remember what God has already done, as recorded in the Bible and throughout history (v4-8).
โ€œIn You our fathers trusted,โ€ he tells the Lord in verse 4, โ€œthey trusted and you delivered them.โ€โ€Œ
God has shown us that He cares for us, that He is all-powerful and all-knowing, that He hears His people when they cry out to Him. Start with Adam and trace through all the Bible characters who trusted in God, even in the bleakest of circumstances, and found salvation in Him.
He is faithful to His promises. He does not change; He is the same God today, yesterday, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). And therefore we can draw encouragement from the fact that we serve the same God who rescued a shepherd boy facing down a giant with five pebbles, the same God who rained down bread in the desert and who blinded an entire army.
“He has shown His power and love in the past, and He will do so again.”
2. Remember what God has done for you personally.
Next, the psalmist tells us to remember what God has already done for each of us in our own lives (v9-21).
Verse 9 says: โ€œYet You are He who took me from the womb; You made me trust You at my motherโ€™s breasts.โ€โ€Œ
Since our births, God has been faithful to us in our own lives in a personal way that transcends blanket promises or an impersonal power.
It is by Godโ€™s will that we were formed; it is His will that we are alive. He created each of us for a reason, and He has a purpose for our lives. Therefore, we can, each of us, approach Him in prayer and askโ€Œ: โ€œBe not far from meโ€โ€Œ (v19).
3. Remember that there is meaning in our suffering.
Finally, we are reminded that there is purpose in our sufferings, even if we cannot see it (v22-31).
โ€œI will tell of Your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise youโ€โ€Œ(v22).
Verse 24 promises us that God hears us when we cry out to Him, and the rest of the psalm reminds us that God is glorified in our tribulations. This legacy serves to encourage our fellow believers
When obstacles and suffering occur over a longer time period, it can be difficult to trust that any good can come out at the end. But though we are weak, God is strong, and He says to us:โ€Œโ€Œ โ€œMy grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknessโ€โ€Œ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
So we can boast in our weaknesses because they serve to illuminate Godโ€™s strength. We find comfort in our troubles because we know that He holds us and will be faithful to the end.
(James 1:2-3) tells us that sufferings and trials will result in the testing of our faith, and this, in turn, produces steadfastness. When we have gone through trials and seen over and over again that God is faithful and powerful and active and just, our faith is strengthened. And this steadfastness, this clinging to faith, will be an encouragement to those around us.
There is purpose in our sufferings. We are not alone.
Even when you canโ€™t see the sun on a cloudy day, it is still shining.
๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ข ๐˜Ž๐˜ฎ๐˜ข ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜น o๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ด.
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