Rev. Carl H. Kemp, PastorWhen God seems Distant
May 2, 2004
Hebrews 13; 1-6
Friendships are often tested by separation and silence. In your friendship with God, you wont always feel close to Him.
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, thanking God during a trial, trusting God when tempted, surrendering while suffering, and loving God when He seems distant.
Any relationship involves times of closeness and times of distance, and in a relationship with God, no matter how intimate, the pendulum will swing from one side to the other.
Its painful and disconcerting, but it is absolutely vital for the development of your faith.
(Job NIV) At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
(Job NIV) and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."
How do you praise God when you dont understand whats happening in your life and God is silent ? You do what Job did.
Tell God exactly how you feel
Focus on who God is His unchanging nature
Trust God to keep His promises
Remember what God has already done for you
When you feel abandoned by God, yet continue to trust Him in spite of your feeling, you worship God in the deepest way.
(Heb 13:5 NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
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