Do you ever have those, “God, where are you?” moments? I have. And most likely, I will experience one again. Did you know that Jesus also had that moment, even as the Son of God?! Those were His very words when He took on Himself, your sin and mine. He was alone. He experienced the Father turning His head because Jesus became our sin. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?!” What agony that must have been for Him. And surely, we cannot say that we will ever experience that depth of agony. Why? Because Jesus took that agony on Himself, covers us who believe with His blood and forgives us our sins so that we will never need to be separated from the Father. So then, why do we still have those moments of, “God, where are you?”
I believe it’s still because of sin.
“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
In my own experience, I find that intimacy with God comes through repentance. I must repent. Yes, as a believer for many, many years, I still must repent. Repentance is what makes us right with God. It made us right the day of our salvation, and it still makes things right between us today. I can’t help but use every day experiences, relationships and creation to help me understand God’s principles. For instance, intimacy is something we all can understand and relate to on a personal level. If we want to be close to a person on this earth, we must be sure that there is no offense between us and them. If there is offense, which WILL happen from time to time, then we need to apologize for that error and ask for forgiveness. Their forgiveness will clear the air, restore our relationship and we can build towards that intimacy and unity we desire.
Our relationship with God is different in the sense that God can do no wrong. He promises us who are in Him, that He will never leave us. So if we feel distant from Him, it’s most likely because of our own sin. Perhaps we have unforgiveness towards someone who has offended us. Maybe we have dabbled in sin and have not confessed it to God or our fellow man. Maybe it’s a negative thought or incorrect belief we keep entertaining instead of taking it captive. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure. We can come to Him with repentance, receive His forgiveness and be restored in our intimate walk with God. Daily. I personally have found that great joy returns to my heart from walking out those steps. Sometimes, I simply need to take thoughts captive and replace them with His truth that sets me free. God’s word is our guide, our anchor, our foundation, our weapon of war against our spiritual enemies, and our source of wisdom and truth. His word has the answer for everything. Everything! Interpersonal relationships, work ethic, moral and ethical standards, marriage, raising children, it’s all in there. He has never left us alone. He has never abandoned us. He has given us all the things we need for life and godliness.
So today, I want to bless you. I pray God’s peace over your heart and your mind. I pray for patience to be still in order to receive His instructions. I pray for hope, for joy, for restoration. I pray that you would be victorious over your spiritual enemies, not because of your own ability to overcome, but because you submit to God and resist the devil who must then flee from you.
May the Lord bless you as you work out your salvation in the fear of the Lord.