Have you ever gone through a part of your life where you felt that God was distant? Where everything you tried to do, nothing helped you get an answer from the Lord. This may even be your life right now. If this is true, know that you are not alone. Many people feel this way, along with Job from the Bible. He even said, 1“even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.” (Job 23:2-5) 1“Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him.” (Job 23:8,9) Now, as much as it is hard for me to hear Job utter these words, I know the amount of pain he was in. His friends, wife, and even young kids in his community have been very mean to him, and he just had to grin and bear his sickness and trials on his own. He had faith in God but didn’t understand why he wasn’t answering his prayers. Does this sound familiar? If it does, then I will help you understand how you can turn around starting today. A person that desires God in their life can find immediate relief from another person in the faith. They can help the person discover Jesus once again in a big way. And I am here today to help you or anyone get God’s presence back in your life, like a fire. God was distant in my life for many years of my life until I finally started doing things for His sake that I will not soon stop.
There are many reasons why someone may feel like God is distant from them. Sure, the number one thing is because of willful sin, however, this is not the case for a lot of people. So what stops a person who is faithful to God to not hear Him anymore? It can be what they are doing day in and day out for God. It can be what they are doing day and day out for other people. So the remedy I am proposing is to do what Jesus said and 2“love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-40) You may think that you are already doing this, however, are you reading the Bible daily in order to find the wisdom of God in your life? Are you praying for others and not just yourself? Are you doing what God is commanding in scripture? Are you going outside of your comfort zone to bless others in need? My friends, if you answered yes to each of those questions then you most likely have God in your life right now. Here is why? The minute you step out in faith and do God’s will, His hands are also in your life. This might mean not doing certain things anymore that You know God hates, while not listening and watching things we shouldn’t. But the best thing we can do is to help and visit people in need. This can mean packing your trunk up with food, water, gloves, hats, bibles, and giving them out to the homeless. And in that moment, if you pray with them, this will surely regenerate the Holy Spirit in your life like a fire. What I just mentioned is what I have done and God is ever-present with me now. I love His presence.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that You will ever be with me. When I rise from sleep, pick me up with Your mighty hands. Raise me up into newness of life and wash me clean through Your blood. Help me to know You even better than the day before. May I live every new day for You and not myself. Help me to gain Your wisdom as I look to the Bible and study it daily. Hear my prayers and know that I am sincere in all my questions asked. I truly need answers to things in life that I am struggling with. If it is a sickness that is plaguing my life, marriage issues, job-related issues, family issues, sin, or other trials I am facing, I need Your help. Help me to fight the good fight and never give up. Build me up in Your armor, that I might not fall. I know that You are there listening to this prayer right now, and I give You thanks. I rejoice just to know that You are there for me, and I do not have to worry about ever being alone again. Sometimes I don’t understand things until I lower myself down a little in humility. Then, can I see Your love all around me. Even the things I own and am blessed with are all from You. You have not left me comfortless, but is near me when I need You most. I am loved by my Father in heaven and by Jesus, my Lord. You are my God and I honor You. All blessings and honor to the God who saves. Lord, lead me to people in need. Help me to shine my light for all people to see. I wish to have people see You in me. If people can only see my actions and not Yours than I have failed You. You are my only hope and I pray that more people will come to You and be saved because of Your great example in me. I love You, Lord. I give You praise and bless Your holy Name. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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