Earlier this summer I received the following email from a reader…
I replied to her email with the following…
I’m so often humbled by God’s timing as He works in our lives. I found myself nodding as I read through your words because I can so relate to times when I long for an extra measure of the feeling of God’s love and He seems silent.
One thing I know for sure – God loves you and He is with you! You are seeking Him and He promises that He will be found by those who seek Him. And that He is with them.
I know what I am planning for you,” says the Lord. “I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! Jeremiah 29:11–13
“Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
These are the verses I hold close when I don’t feel God’s love or His closeness in my life.
God promises that if you and I repent … He forgives us. He promises His love and presence. I remind myself that even when I don’t feel Him with me. He is.
O Lord, You have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from Your presence!
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in Your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
You are still with me!
v. 1–7, 16–18
You are are seeking Him and doing all the things you should be doing to grow closer to Him. You are doing the things that honor Him and please Him. Try not to let your feelings get in the way – He is pleased with you and He loves you! You can trust His promises.
Thank you so much for reaching out! It is always a blessing to hear from one of my readers.
God bless you! Deb
I’ve thought about this email exchange often since and wondered if you might also have times when God seems silent … when you don’t feel His love. So, I made a list of things I want to do when my feelings and faith fall flat.
Things to Do When You Don’t Feel God’s Love
1. Be Honest with Yourself and with God
I love that you and I can turn to the pages of Scripture and find many examples of men and women who honestly struggled as they walked with God. Even David, the “man after God’s own heart” honestly voiced His feelings of emptiness and longing.
O Lord, how long will You forget me? Forever?
How long will You look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
2. Take it to God in Prayer
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. 1 John 5:14
You and I can be confident that God wants us to seek Him, to grow in faith, to trust His love, and to experience His loving presence. When we pray to know and love Him more, we can be assured that He will not only hear our prayers … He will work in our lives to grant our request.
3. Live Your Faith Until You Feel God’s Love
When you and I can’t feel God’s loving presence – it’s important to remember feelings are just that … they’re feelings. They are not necessarily the truth.
God is always with us. So, even when our faith feels small—God is near.
I love the account in Mark 9:17–29 – Jesus’ disciples had been trying unsuccessfully to deliver a boy from an evil spirit.
As Jesus approached them, the father of the boy pleads, “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.”
Jesus answered, “What do you mean, ‘If I can’? Anything is possible if a person believes.”
And then my favorite part…
The father instantly cried out, “Lord, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!”
I believe the most important thing you and I need to remember is…
God is love! 1 John 4:8
Our feelings don’t, they won’t, they can’t, change God’s love.
While you and I were still sinners – God sent Jesus!
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9–10
He promises His love is never-ending.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22–23
And that nothing can separate us from His love.
I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:38
So, where does that leave you and me?
Thanking and praising God – for His faithful forever love!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
That’s a prayer and a promise to hold close to our hearts each and every day!
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