Have you ever experienced periods where you’ve felt like God was just so far away? There have been so many times in my life where I’ve felt like Jesus has abandoned me, especially when I was struggling the most. Now, as I take a moment to reassess, I know that it wasn’t God who drifted away; I did that all on my own. I would spend most of my time focusing on the problem rather than focusing on how God had plans to use me through the trial.
“Don’t focus on what you’re going through. Focus on what God is doing through you.”
In bible study, I came across Hebrews 13:8, which says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.” Do you get what that means!? Jesus is incapable of change, meaning that he could not have, and will never desert us. If you need more proof of this, Moses reminds us in Deuteronomy 31:6 that God will never leave or forsake us, He is always ahead of us waiting to guide us through our trials, especially the ones that seem impossible.
The beauty of knowing that Christ never changes is in knowing that even when He feels far away he’s actually not. Christ loves us with an unchanging love and when we experience trials he is right beside us, waiting for us to run into his loving arms.
If you ever feel far away from God, I encourage you to reassess what you’re doing differently. Are you neglecting to spend time studying the word? Are you isolating yourself from your community in Christ, or even Christ himself? Are your prayers short and rushed? These are a few things I generally do that makes me feel like Christ has abandoned me when I’m in a trial. Can you see that I was the one who was drifting away from Christ all this time?
I pray that when we face trials God will reveal the ways in which we self-sabotage by distancing ourselves from Him. Jesus will never abandon us and he is always calling us to pursue a closer walk with Him, especially during the hard times. Instead of running away from Christ in the struggle lets aim to pursue him even harder than we did when everything was going great.
Meditate On Me: “Unchanging God” by Elevation Worship 💕