“My God, my God why have you abandoned me?”
Jesus uttered these raw and soul-weary words as he hung dying on the cross. He was quoting David’s painfully honest prayer in Psalm 22, which goes on to say, “Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. . . . O LORD, do not stay far away!” (verses 1–2, 19).
Have you ever felt forsaken or abandoned by God? Has it ever seemed to you that he is far away, ignoring your heartfelt prayers? Have you ever felt spiritually alone? I have often
Where Are You, God?
“A few years ago, I had a first experience that I can only describe as God’s silence which kind of began with multiple nos in answer to my prayer requests and then quietness. Then after some time, I could not feel his presence at all.
I dont know if anyone has ever experience the heart throbbing emotion when you are missing someone so deeply. Perhaps one moment you guys were so intimate you could smell each other scent from a distance and suddenly when the person is gone without trace or whatever. Some might describe this as a dark night of the soul.
In our Christian faith journey, I discovered that its impossible not have this kind of experience but how we handle it is what matters. It felt like perhaps i have done something wrong that displease Him, I began to search within my heart asking for forgiveness to any unconfessed sins that could be the reason for the spiritual dilemma.
Whats someone suppose to do with such intense yearnings and longings feelings?
Embracing God’s Promises
Despite what we feel during periods of spiritual loneliness or wilderness, God’s faithful presence with us is an unchanging and eternal reality. the awesome and veritable truth is that we are never alone. Every circumstance we walk through and every emotion we feel can be viewed through the lens of God’s truth: “Be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age”
Does this mean we never feel like God is far away? Certainly not. Since God gave us the capacity to have emotion, isn’t it normal if we can use the medium also? I don’t buy the doctrine that states that because of the fickle disposition of our emotions, we shouldn’t rely solely on it to feel God.
God want us to be real, perhaps one of such reason why we don’t receive God’s help much is because we are not real with God. We would rather spiritualize the matter to the extreme or not even discus it at all.
Throughout Scripture we see experiences of spiritual loneliness, one of such was Elijah. Prophet Elijah was a one man battalion, who demonstrate great faith by challenging a whole country to a spiritual debate and won hands down. He immediately became a national celebrated hero but the next minutes, he became fearful, eventually hiding in a cave.
Dedicated faith doesn’t protect us from painful experiences like these and many other forms of suffering—but God’s powerful promise is that he is with us through and amid the torrent: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown” (, emphasis added)
God didn’t promise us a crises or problem free life but he promise to be with us through it all. Many things may be falling apart now but be rest assured He is with you through it all even though you may not feel him, it will work out for your good at the end – that’s sure
When life frighten us or gets us down—or when life seems like a war and we feel like we’re alone on the battlefield—we can take confidence in God’s promise to be with us.
One or two things I have learnt during this period
1. is that fact that God want us to pursue him even as he has been pursuing us all the while. The pursuer want to be pursued
2. its something like a test period to determine and weigh how much we want him. Do we still belief and trust him when we feel locked out?
3. more importantly perhaps to reduce our familiarity. because i believe too much familiarity can leads to taking the things of God for granted
4. The truth is such period is necessary foe our spiritual growth which invariably provides ample time frame to strengthen our faith
5. Sometimes it could be a means through which we are promotes to another level of relationship experiences with God
The eternal truth however is that we are never alone even though we might not feel so
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