How’s it going! I hope you have been having a great day. For those who don’t know, on Tuesdays, I try to talk about things that I have been thinking about or something I found interesting during the previous week. Now, as nice and organised as that sounds it doesn’t always happen. last week I was really busy and dint have time to come up with any ideas. Consequently, I have been sitting at my computer, for like five minutes now, with no idea about what to talk about.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the kind of week I’m talking about, there is no time for imagination or adventure, and every day follows the same cycle of, work, eat, watch YouTube, sleep, repeat. It’s very draining both mentally and spiritually. Often during these weeks it can seem like God wanders off. Like he got bored while you were too busy to talk. Now, of course, we know that that’s not true. God is always near (psalms 139), so in reality it’s a false sense of distance.
However, it’s a real thing that many people experience. Which leads into the topic of today’s post, why does this feeling of distance happen? Well, let’s take a look at what the apologist Ravi Zacharias has to say about the cause of this distance.
“I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.”Ravi Zacharias, Has Christianity Failed You?
This quote reminds me that in reality, God is not the cause of the distance. I am… Now, thinking about the distance between us and God as our fault is not really the normal way to think about it. I mean, just listen to the way it’s described by people. We never say things like, “recently I wandered off” or “the problem is that I would rather watch YouTube then spend time with God”. Even though we don’t like the feeling of being distant from God, we really don’t like to take responsibility for that distance. Because of this, it’s not surprising to me that right after abandoning and betraying God, humanity has consistently blamed him for that separation. The fact that he puts up with this is mind boggling and is one of the things about him which is hard for people to understand. Fortunately, for us, God is under no obligation to make sense to you. If he wants to love you and me even when we hurt him, he will.
I want to leave you with some thoughts from David. In this psalm he poetically reflects on the major times in his life when abandoned and betrayed God. Pay attention to how God responded to those betrayals.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”David King of Israel, Psalms 139:7-12.
If you feel like God is far away, frankly, you’re wrong. There’s nothing that could ever make him leave you. So don’t wait around for him to join you where you are at, instead, take the advice of James the brother of Jesus.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.”James 4:8
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