When God Feels Distant

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spiritual dryness
Does God feel Distant?

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Does God feel distant? Floyd McClung writes:

You wake up one morning and all of your "spiritual feelings" are gone. You pray, but nothing happens. You rebuke the devil, but it doesn't change anything. You go through spiritual exercises, have your friends pray for you, confess every sin you can imagine, then go around asking forgiveness of everyone you know. You fast; still nothing. You begin to wonder how long this spiritual gloom will last. It feels like your prayers bounce off the ceiling. In utter frustration you cry out: "What's the matter with me?"

This is a normal part of the testing and maturing of your friendship with God. God hasn't forgotten you, he hasn't left you, God is faithful, you just have to Trust that He is there. He is always present even if you are unaware of Him. He is more concerned that you trust Him than that you feel Him. Faith, not feelings, is what pleases God.

So what can you do?

I will wait for the Lord to help us, though he is hiding now. My only hope is in him. - Isaiah 8:17

Focus on God's unchanging Love and Faithfulness. Cling to His promises. During times of spiritual dryness rest on His WORD, not your feelings. Realize that He is taking you to a deeper level of maturity. Any friendship based solely on emotion is shallow. Like me, you may find you don't like the process very much but you Love Him enough to accept it and that's OK. He understands, and he values your loyalty and love. So don't be troubled by trouble - God's grace is still in full force! He's with you even when you don't feel His presence. His word for us today is:

For God has said, “I will never, never fail you nor forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5b.