All of us have been here. All of us have felt this way; the feeling of being so far away from God. We know in our head that God loves and cares for us, and that He ultimately showed that through His self-sacrificing death and resurrection – but we also wonder deep down, why our hearts do not sometimes align with this truth.
We know the reasons. Perhaps it’s your family situation, our inconsistent time in the Word, or even a sin that is taking over our lives again. There are many reasons to this, but this quick article does not aim to talk about them all. What we are interested however, through this article, is to combat these things, and to bridge the gap between the knowledge in our heads and the passion in our hearts.
1. Confess your sins
However hard this may sound, or however hardened your heart may be, confess your sins. Take a time alone with God. Close your room. Perhaps go outside. Leave your watch, your phone, your study and your work. Bring your raw soul before the Lord. Confess your sins before the Cross, say them out loud. There is nothing more real than saying things out loud with your mouth. God will honour this and He will see this. Weep over your sins, not as the Israelites wept over the food they left in Egypt, but weep because of how much those sins have dishonoured God’s Holiness and Name. The more we are afraid to confess our big sins to God, the more our hearts will be hardened. Therefore let us always strive to do this before the Lord – to confess everything, and make the decision to not continue in the things that keep us from truly loving God.
2. Proclaim the Name of Jesus aloud
Don’t settle for just little quiet prayers. They are suitable, perhaps for other situations. But if you are feeling far from God right now, don’t be afraid to speak out your prayers. Out loud! Shout if you have to! Proclaim the Name of Jesus over and over again. Proclaim His holiness, goodness and mercy. Open your mouth! Proclaim that He is the only Saviour of Humanity, and that no one is worthy and righteous other than Him. Proclaim that He is the Lion of Judah, and the Lamb of God who was slaughtered for the sins of the world – that people of all nations and tribes and tongues can come to God, and the knowledge of His Holy Name. Let us all rejoice in His Name, for He alone is good and worthy to be praised!
3. Ask God for the desire to be immersed in the Word
I’ve always believed that it is not enough for us as Christians to only read one or two verses each day, yet I do it all the time. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is beneficial for some to start with something small as they want to get back into reading the Scriptures. However, deep down we know that as a Christian mature in His love for God and His Word, they will grow from just swimming in the surface of the Word of God to fully being immersed in it. Therefore, let us ask God to give this desire in us to be immersed. In fact, it is crucial for us to ask this, because this is in itself a confession that we are fallen creatures in need of God’s grace in the growth of becoming more like Jesus. Yes, even when it comes to reading the Bible – especially when it comes to reading His Word! Those who loves God loves His Word, and we are not loving His Word if we are listening to the world more than we are listening to Him.
I pray that those who read this can find encouragement and will have their fire re-kindled, re-aflamed, and re-ablazed by the Spirit of the Living God. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Not by might, not by power, but by the Spirit of God!