When God Seems Far Away
If you’re like most people, you struggle with hearing God’s voice… mostly because He doesn’t usually speak audibly. This makes Him mysterious, but it doesn’t mean He is aloof, or silent. It just means He doesn’t go around shouting us down all the time, and as fallen humans, we need to be more focused and learn His voice. When you are trying to carry on an important conversation with someone you love, you don’t want to have to compete with the big game, or Facebook, or a project. You want the other person’s undivided attention. How frustrating is it to get to the end of a conversation and find the other party didn’t hear a word you said? They left. They may have been physically present, but they checked out of the conversation.
All of the above are issues that God has to deal with (X 7.5 Billion) as well. He couldn’t be more communicative. But we couldn’t be more distracted. That distraction keeps us from hearing Him clearly. We then blame Him for not being clear. But He couldn’t be more clear. It really is messed up. Then when something rocks our world, we become focused and cry out to God for help. All of a sudden He becomes important enough for us to lay down our other ‘necessary’ pursuits. But by this time we have drifted from God. We think He is missing in inaction. We feel like He is hiding from us, playing some cruel cosmic game of ‘hide and seek’. We are languishing spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically, financially, and God is hiding behind some solar system somewhere laughing His head off. Then we get mad because He promised to be there for us, but is now nowhere to be found at our most critical moment. Sure, He told us that if we seek Him we would find Him. But we didn’t know He was going to find such a good hiding spot.
You have it backwards. God isn’t lost. He isn’t even hiding. He hasn’t gone away. You have. You have hidden from Him. You have become lost. You have gone away. Now you are having to find Him. It is amazing how far a boat can drift when no one is paying attention. If you can’t hear from God, you need to be quiet so you can hear His voice. Shouting at God does not make it easier to hear Him. You need to listen to hear Him. And as you hear Him, you can move closer to Him. No… God isn’t playing ‘hide and seek’ with you. Your Father is playing ‘seek and find’ with you. The promise is not that God will follow you into your sin, but that when you seek for Him, you will find Him… but only when you desire Him, or are desperate enough to truly seek for Him.
During a time where God’s people had wandered away, He put them in a place far from Him so they would have to desperately search for Him. He hadn’t moved. He had moved them. They were far from God. But through His prophet Jeremiah, He said, “You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (Jeremiah 29:12-14)
The nearer you are to God the clearer He is to you.
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