‘How do you trust God when you can’t feel Him?’
Written by Dylan Lowe (Part of Simon’s Growth Group)
In this time that we have been given locked up in our houses, we’ve all been forced to spend a lot more time in our heads and for many the first time to think with a headspace that is usually cluttered by work, school, homework and social activities. We at the church have taken to saying what a great opportunity it is to grow in Christ and to focus more on Him. To take our Lord Jesus off the dusty shelf and place Him back in the centre of our lives. More time to read the Bible, more time to meditate on His word, as well as more time to pray.
For many this has been the case, God has used this opportunity to force people to draw near to Him, allowing them to feel a closeness, a bond and maybe even for the first time a true understanding into who our saviour is. However, for those who of us who had great intentions for these few weeks, high hopes, good prospects but are left after one week of lock down with an overwhelming sense of blah. A sense of where is our God in this time. Maybe it’s the sudden halt of growth groups, Bible studies, prayer meetings and church gatherings that have brought on this lack of gusto for the Lord. Or maybe with far less opportunities to evangelize we have been made to focus on OUR own walk rather than that of our neighbour.
So how do we cling to God in this time when He feels so far?
In the first letter to Timothy, Paul instructs Timothy on how to be a good servant of Jesus.
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”- 1 Timothy 7-10
Paul knew that Timothy’s faith would be tested as he went out to proclaim the gospel. So, what can we take for our lives? Well Paul asserts that godliness is something we need to be trained in, just like we train our bodies for fitness. In other words, we must go against our normal nature and practice in being more like Christ. We must actively work to stay on the path that goes through the narrow gate. So… reading our bible when we’re only feeling like it isn’t enough? No if we are instructed to love our God, we must understand love is more than a feeling, love is an action, it’s a choice we must make daily even when God feels 1000 miles away. We must hold to the promise that He is with us. This a hard thing to understand and an even harder one to act on. To committing yourself to God when He chooses to withdraw Himself from us for whatever reason.
If any of this has sounded familiar, please, don’t give up on Him. He is a faithful God and promises that He is working all for those who love Him. He has not forsaken you or me. Don’t lose heart and set your mind on things above. This period of darkness won’t last forever.