Feeling Distant from God?

This word of encouragement is for you.

To those of you who love God but feel that He is distant, God is closer than you know. As a follower of Christ, there will be times when God will withdraw His felt presence, but that doesn't mean He isn't with you. Why would God do this? Well, sometimes He does this to give you a chance to stand on your own two feet. Just as a father or mother will remove training wheels from their child's bike, our Heavenly Father will at times remove His felt presence to help you grow. By doing this, God teaches us to follow and pursue Him on our own and cultivates within us a faith that is sincere and not dependent on emotion or hype. Sure, at times we all need an extra boost of encouragement, which is why He stills gives us His felt presence from time to time. But at the end of the day, God doesn't want your relationship with him to be dependent on feelings. He wants your relationship to be dependent on faith. So don't be discouraged if you've "felt" distant from God lately. Rather, consider it joy because God is taking your faith to the next level.

"And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on Earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'" - Matthew 28:18-20