“I just don’t feel close to God…then guess who moved,” We’ll skip the cliché’, and try to get to the heart of this lie. Feelings don’t get much press in Scripture. God tells us very plainly that He is with us at all times, and that we are invited into communion with Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We often get caught up in the lie that how we feel matters most. Just look at marriage. Somewhere along the way we have picked up that if we don’t feel in love then we must not be in love. The problem with this way of thinking is that at some point, whether it be in our marriage, a friendship, a job, we will not feel like staying with it. Feelings have a way of muddling the perspective of our commitments. So here lies the choice. Will we push feelings aside and choose to continue to pursue the relationship, or seek to fulfill our deepest needs somewhere else?
We have the same choice to make in our relationship with Jesus. When the feeling fades in and out (which they most likely will) what will we do? The Psalmist chooses the right path, communion with the Lord in spite of his feelings. I mentioned this text in an earlier post, but it is worth a second look. “Bless the Lord all you servants of the Lord…” (Ps 134:1) What the Psalmist is saying here is to choose to bless/enjoy the Lord. Translation: when you get up in the morning and don’t feel like getting time with Jesus, do it anyway. Choose to enjoy the Lord, (set feelings aside) show up and believe the truth that the Lord is present! That’s a fact, not a feeling!
Lie: If I don’t feel close to God then I might as well give up.
Truth: God is with us, we are not alone
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall call his Emmanuel, which means, God is with us.” (Matt 1:23)