Does God Seem Far, Far Away?
The rain pounded my windshield. Suddenly, my car hydroplaned and skidded off the road into the swelling pond. Water swirled around my ankles, then my knees, then my waist as my heart pounded in my chest.
I struggled hopelessly with the windows. I pounded on the glass, but nothing happened. The water covered my mouth, then my nose. I needed air. Only minutes before, I’d taken breathing for granted. Now it was all I could think about. I had to have air – quickly – or I was going to die.
I bolted awake with a gasp. As I struggled to catch my breath, I knew … I’d never again take air for granted.
Keep my dream in mind as you read this week’s powerful verse:
Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 AMPC
What would happen if we did this? If we sought God, asked Him for counsel and direction, and realized our total dependence on Him – as much as we need air?
Whether we feel as though God is a million miles away or we feel confident of His presence, wouldn’t pursuing Him with this kind of humility and dependence deepen our relationship with Him?
God’s grace and power are bigger than we can comprehend. When we head in the wrong direction and feel powerless to change, we can find hope. If we read and meditate on His Word, God will transform our lives and give us purpose (a reason to get up each day). He’ll renew our relationships. Best of all, He’ll help us fall more in love with Him than ever before.
Let’s never again take God for granted – or seek Him only during our desperate moments. Instead, let’s experience the extraordinary joy of witnessing the changes our heavenly Father will do in – and through – us. Let’s take note as He reveals Himself in ways we’ve never thought possible and as our hearts become more and more confident that God is very near, indeed.
For the next seven days, let’s see what happens in our hearts and lives when we seek God as desperately as we seek the air we breathe.
What about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. (Others might also benefit from your comment.)
- How long would you last without air?
- How long can you thrive as a Christ-follower without God’s presence?
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His is an amazing God an omnipotent God,his Grace is sufficient.We can’t live without God because its His spirit that lives in us.our bodies are only tents,at a times we go through a lot and we think that He is miles away ,but He is just right there with us waiting on us to call on Him
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Hi, Linda! Nice to see you again. Our God is amazing, indeed!
I continue to pray for you while trusting that God is involved – and very active – on your behalf.
Thank you,God bless you!
Love it! Thank you Lindah ♥️
Sheryl, this is a very powerful article. Lord help me not to ever take God for granted or the air that I breath. Thank you for this important reminder.
God’s Blessings to you!
Thank you, Gina, for your kind words AND for stopping by Today Can Be Different.
I, too, pray that I never take God for granted!
Wonderfully written, during this Lenten season we should all try to reflect on our relationship with God and how to make it better and how to improve our Christian life. I strive constantly to be a better person
Thank you so very much, Melanie. I appreciate your encouraging words – and for your reading my devotion and taking the time to stop by Today Can Be Different to leave a comment. (Also, thank you for sharing this devotion on your Facebook page).
Love your comment. Let’s pray for each during this Lenten season!
Thank you Sheryl! This is such an important reminder and one I need often. Thankfully God knows how to bring his children back to him and sadly I have frequently needed those desperate moments to find my way back.
“ Let’s never again take God for granted – or seek Him only during our desperate moments.”
Well hello, my faithful commenter! (Is that a word? 😉 Aren’t we glad – oh so glad – that God knows how to bring His children back to Him?! You are not alone, Barbara. I, too “frequently need those desperate moments to find my way back.”
Thank you for stopping by. I always love it when you do.
AND thank you again for sharing this devotion on your Facebook page!
The Lord has spared my lie many times. I could have been killed on various occasions but the Lord was watching over me. Tha is why we must commune with Him daily by praying and reading our Scriptures. Jesus will return to take us all home when He decides when and it will be on His time and not ours.
Hi, Michael. Wow! Praise God for His intervention. You are so correct – we don’t know how long we have on this earth, so spending time with God in prayer and Bible reading is crucial.
Thanks for stopping by, Michael.
I LOVE this❤❤
Thank you SO much, Judy. I always appreciate your encouraging words. I’m glad you stopped by Today Can Be Different!
God is never far away. He is next to you. He lies besides you when you are awake and when you are asleep. When you ae eating or walking or working-the Lord is right besides you. You must allow yourself to feel His love for you and know that he knows more about you than you will ever know about yourself. And He wants you to love Him right back. Amen.
Indeed. Thank you, Michael, for another great comment.
Time is so short here on earth. Wise men (and women) seek God while we still can.
I agree! I’m convinced we barely grasp how short life really is.