When God Feels Far Away

by Terri Cox

Psalm 139 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,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

Have you ever felt that God is very far away?  I have heard a little saying about this—If God feels far away, guess who moved!  The truth is, even if it feels that way, God is never far away.  He is everywhere.  He’s not just in the church sanctuary, or the prayer room, or the Sunday School room or even in the church building.  He’s not just where hymns of praise are sung or underneath the beautiful skies of a sunrise or sunset.  Of course, He is there, too, but He is also in a hospital room where a patient is suffering immense pain.  He is in the prison cell where a human soul feels that the whole world has forgotten him.  He is in the midst of soldiers on patrol in dangerous places.  He is in the bedroom of a teenager who feels bullied and misunderstood.  He is at the desk of a parent who is in anguish, worrying about his lost child.

The psalmist is even trying to flee from God, as fast as he can.  Running, flying to get away from Him.  He is recalling a time when he was angry with God and wanted to deny His love.  But no matter how you feel, or where you are, God IS with you.  He is there waiting to guide you back when you have run to the end of your endurance.  His love for you is greater than your anger, your doubt, or your despair.  Whether you can feel Him or not, He is there.

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