Feel distant from God

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  1. Geer

    Geer New Member

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    I sometimes feel distant from God, and doubt, being skeptical, I want to have more faith, what should I do?
     
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    Tiffy Well-Known Member

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    Ask God about it. James 1:5.

    God is closer to us than the air we breath or the thoughts in our heads.

    Job. 23:9-10
    Ps. 139:7-10
    Jer. 23:23-24
    Matt. 25:35-40. (Jesus is as close to you as anyone in need that you meet).
    John 17:1- end.

    We often don't feel like God is near us though. Even Jesus may have experienced exactly that. Matt.27:46. Being sceptical is not a sin, it is a natural and necessary consequence of being sensible and cautious. Just don't let it get control of your determination. Place your confidence in God, and especially in Jesus, not just the words of a book or least of all your feelings. Feelings can't always be trusted. We often don't feel loved, but we are. We often don't feel happy, and don't exactly know why. We often don't feel confident, but should trust our own abilities more.

    You want more faith? Luke 17:5-10. If you want to increase your faith, start by believing God can.
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    I'm not following you around, Tiffy, honest! :halo: LOL.

    Geer, have you a good church home? I ask you because this is exactly the sort of question I would ask my church rector if I were in a time of doubt. A little pastoral visit would be a splendid thing in this situation, and please don't be the least bit concerned about "what will he think of me" or any such, because I'm sure he'd love the opportunity to help.

    Besides that, another thing that helps many folks with their faith is spending more time reading the Bible. If you haven't done so yet, consider getting a 'read through the Bible in a year' reading schedule and each day read a bit of Old Testament (starting with Genesis), a psalm, and a bit of New Testament (starting with Matthew). Reading these accounts of the great things God has done, even back in the days of Noah, Abraham, and Moses, will help you get a more solid picture of God's reality, goodness, and greatness. I will share a great truth I learned when I was much younger: we become what we think about. What we put into our heads, dwell on, and ruminate on will shape us. So set aside a time slot every morning or every evening just for Bible reading.

    Your question made me think of this scripture, Mark 9:17-27:
    And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

    Notice that the child's father, desperately wanting his boy to be restored to wholeness, at first said what he figured Jesus wanted to hear, "Lord, I believe..." But I think he knew that, if he were really honest with himself and with Jesus, he actually didn't have much faith that anyone could help his child. He knew he didn't have that much trust in Jesus, yet he wanted to believe (and he didn't want his lack of faith to stand in the way of something so important). So he said, "...help thou mine unbelief." Jesus didn't turn away or refuse. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the boy. The child was restored to his father. The man's prayer was answered.

    You see, God is compassionate and understanding. He knows that we are weak and that we sometimes have doubts. But if we take a step toward Him, He will come the rest of the way to meet us. If we ask Him for help, even if we are unsure whether He will help us, He will act in our best interest. Even in moments when we are relatively unfaithful toward Him, He remains faithful toward us (2 Tim. 2:13), for that is His nature.

    God bless you and keep you. I'm praying for you. :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks, Tiffy and Rexlion, I I will spend more time reading the Bible.
     
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    Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.
     
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    You Job's comforter you, Joe. :laugh:

    James 4:8. Of course not everyone that feels God is distant is to blame for that, but there are many that are. Isa.59:2.

    Though even the most ardent believers sometimes suffer the long dark night of the soul.
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