Feeling abandoned by God

Sometimes it seems as if God is not there when we pray.  We may feel forsaken because we have experienced some kind of loss or other crisis where we’ve had no support.  WE begin to doubt God’s love for us.  We question whether or not he truly hears our prayers. 

Maybe one reason we don’t hear God is that we don’t take time to listen.   We need to be still andbe quiet- so we can search our hearts for any sin that is present and confess it.  We also need to be silent and listen to Him and stop doing all the talking. 

Sometimes we feel abandoned when God asks us to give up something we really love.  Sometimes it is a person we love, but God has a different purpose for us.  This is the time to pray the difficult prayer, “Lord Your will be done.”  At such times we need to trust the wisdom of God and that He will give us  the grace so we can live with the results.

Sometimes God asks us to abandon what brings happiness to us only to find loneliness.  We are told in 2Cor 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you.  My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”  When we abandon our feelings and desires to pursue the will of God, we move from our feelings of self love and protection and move towards divine love and worship.

This brings us to the transformation process Paul talks about in Rom 12:2. “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

When we relinquish our own desires and submit to the Lord, this also tranforms us.  Paul says “I have been crucified with Christ; it is nolonger I who lives but Christ lives in me.” 

Dark periods will occur in ourlives when we feel forgotten by the Lord.  In such times we need to remember to continue to look to Him.  Listen to His voice, read the Word, and continue to worship and obey Him.

Remember that God acccomplihses good things during dark periods.  He’s always working out His perfect will.

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One Response to “Feeling abandoned by God”

  1. Z Says:

    amen!

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