What to do when you can’t 'feel' God
I love this clear and thoughtful post from Jenny, and have reread it multiple times this week already. A great reminder that however tired and worn-out we feel, God never changes. L x
I love reading about people finding strength in God when they are going through a hard time. I love hearing testimonies where people speak of how God carried them through a difficult situation. But what happens if you don’t feel that? What if you are in a tough situation and you can’t feel God? You actually have no idea where he is. You feel frustrated and alone.
This post is for you.
This post is to remind us all that our faith is not dependent upon our feelings but to point us back to our father who loves us so much. Our culture is obsessed with feelings. We hang out with people who make us feel good, we participate in hobbies that make us feel good and we avoid things that make us feel sad or disappointed. This is how we function.
Therefore, it is not surprising that this comes into our faith; we rely on our feelings and ‘feeling’ God’s presence. This in itself is not a bad thing but this cannot be foundation of our faith.
Let’s have a look at what the Bible says about our God:
1. God never changes
I love this! I love it because I don’t really understand it- everything in our world changes all the time. Even the most consistent friends in our lives change and let us down from time to time but the Bible says that our God never changes.
‘But you are always the same, you will live forever’ (Psalm 102:27)
Even though your situation has changed, God has not and will not change. He is so constant.
2. God keeps his promises
The Bible is full of the promises of God; promises that we can hold onto during times that are tough.
“the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (JOSHUA 1:9)
“I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (PSALM 32:8)
“The Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (DEUTERONOMY 31:8)
God has promised you that he will be with, that he will always be with you and God always keeps his promises. These are so helpful if you are in a tough time. Even if you cannot find the strength to do a Bible study hold on to these verses; put them up around your room and fill your head with truth. God has promised that he will be with you!
3. God’s love does not depend on us
So often we fall into the trap of thinking that God is annoyed with us or is punishing us for something. God doesn’t function like that. We find it difficult to understand God’s love because it is in complete contrast to ours. Our love is rarely selfless and constant; we are selfish and stubborn, even with the people we love the most.
God is not like this. His love for us does not depend on our attitudes or actions. God loves you despite you. God cares about every detail of your life and it breaks his heart that you are hurting and feel alone.
And God ultimately proved his love for each of us as he sent his son to die so that we may go free.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8)
We do not follow a God who monitors our performance, but a God who loves us despite our performance.
Hopefully these three points have in some way encouraged you and reminded you that God is still with you even if you cannot ‘feel’ it. Our faith is not reliant on feelings but on all-powerful, all loving and unchanging God.
He is still there. He will always be there.
Having grown up in Ballymena, Jenny has just graduated after spending 3 years studying History and Theology at Grey College, Durham University. A keen hockey and tennis player, she is now studying in Cambridge for a PGCE.