There are times when we are looking for answers and yet there seems to be no Divine response.
Reference: v.3 You said, 'Woe to me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'
Explore: Recently both my husband and I have spoken to completely different people about their struggle to notice God in their lives. I would think that most believers would be able to remember a time in their life when they have felt disconnected from God. There are times when we are looking for answers and yet there seems to be no Divine response. It's during those times when our faith can waver and we start to question our previous beliefs. People who believe in God can feel so down during these times and feel so guilty for thinking that they may have moved away from Him. They look around and think that everyone else seems to have it all together and that they are the only ones to be so distant from God. And yet, if they were to scratch a little deeper they would soon discover that there are other people going through a similar experience in their own lives.
Application: When I go through those times in my life it makes me feel better to know that other people understand what I am feeling. There are people in my own church who have experienced similar feelings but there are also many people in the Bible who have struggled in their relationship with God. Baruch, Jeremiah's scribe, had a very important job to fulfil for God and yet even he struggled in his faith. If you read through the Psalms – particularly Psalm 13 – you will notice that the great king David, who killed Goliath and lead a mighty army, even he struggled at times to know where God was. Our faith goes through seasons. There are times when we feel incredibly joyful and close to God and then there are other times when other areas in our life seem to take priority. The important thing to remember is that God never moves. He promises to be with us always and He never breaks His promise. So if you are feeling distant from God, do what Baruch and king David and what many other believers have done in the past: cry out to God. He does hear you and He promises to be with you always.
Prayer: Lord, there are times when I struggle to see where you are. I feel alone and afraid. Help me to notice where You are. Make Yourself known to me today. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.