I just heard someone say it again, “God seems so far away!” I regularly hear that or some variation thereof: “I just don’t feel like He hears me.” Or “I don’t feel God is anywhere around.” These statements are usually made by sincere Christians who have known the Lord and walked with Him in some kind of relationship. Indeed, they say these things because they recognize that there is something more available than that which they are currently experiencing. They at one time had a conscious sense of His presence that they do not currently feel. When I hear this, my temptation is to give the usual religious responses: “God hasn’t moved,” or “You can’t go by your feelings.” Both of those statements are true, but they are unhelpful at best, and dismissive of the genuine distress of a child of God. These folks are hurting and merit my genuine compassion.
Here’s my problem: I don’t remember a time since I have been a Christian when I was not aware of His presence. He is near and I know it. I am not a better Christian than other folks. God doesn’t like me better, and I am certainly not some special class of super-spiritual mystic. So to what can I attribute this wonderful sense of the nearness of the Lord? There are several very important things I always recommend to others: Read your Bible. Pray. Sing praises to Him. It is especially helpful to pray and sing much in other tongues. All these things are beneficial. As I was walking through the house today, I think I discovered the one ingredient that has made the difference for me. I talk out loud to the Lord all day every day. He is my constant invisible companion and I chat with Him from the bedroom to the boardroom to the office and in the car: “Lord, its hot in here.” “Lord, I sure love pistachio nuts.” “Lord, that lady is a little goofy. Help her!” “Oh, Lord, I am tired. Help me finish this sermon.” “Do you think You could help the Sooners win this one?” I am not sure how this habitual chattiness got started, but I don’t want it to stop. Though the psychiatric community is probably breaking out the straight jackets, I believe this running conversation is the key to a permanent sense of conscious contact.
Scripture Reading: Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)
Somebody Said: I want so to change your operation in God till you will know that God is operating through you for this time and forevermore more. May the Spirit awake us to deep things today. Smith Wigglesworth
If He seems far away, start talking to Him as if He were near. He is. And he is interested in the minute details of your day.
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