Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hello?? God?? Are you there??

Do you ever get the feeling that God is a million miles away? Do you strain to hear his voice, and all you hear is the sound of your heart beating, the sound of your breathing? Do you ever feel like God has packed up and shifted camp?

I feel like that at this moment. I read the Bible, and all I get are words. I struggle to pray, because I feel like I am talking to a brick wall. My mind is foggy and my soul is weary. I would think that a time like this, God would be reassuring me and revealing himself to me in powerful ways. I feel abandoned, even though I know that he will never leave me or forsake me...(Hebrews 13:5). I don't like feeling alone like this.

So what do I do? Just shrug my shoulders and carry on? I don't believe so. I feel that times like this is not an excuse to withdraw from God, but to continue to seek his face. Today I opened my Bible, desiring to hear from God, to be uplifted and encouraged - and God offered me comfort and encouragement through Psalm 34. 

Psalm 34 
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered meHe freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people,for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

Come, my children, and listen to me,and I will teach you to fear the Lord.Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. The Lord hears his people when they call to him for helpHe rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenheartedhe rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. 

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