Hello, everyone 🙂 I’m back! It has been a while, but during that time I have been learning and growing closer to God. I feel inspired to speak of my relationship with Him and what I have learned. I always value wisdom that others can share with me, so hopefully this helps you out.
I get asked a question similar to these ones quite frequently: “How can I feel closer to God?” “Why do I feel far away from God?” “Why don’t I feel God’s love?” These are all valid questions and ones that need to be explored, but they all have a common denominator, FEELINGS. As humans, our feelings tend to dictate a lot. We put a lot of emphasis on feelings and allow them to have control over our lives. As Christians I think we can all agree that we need to trust God, but that sometimes stops when it comes to our emotions. I speak for myself when I say that I trust my feelings over God a lot of the times. It is just easier. Proverbs 28:26 tells us that, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Jesus is the truth, and the Word tells us that even our own emotions and minds lie to us. I think the Bible makes it pretty clear that we should not trust our own judgement on situations.
A lot of Christians have the goal of feeling God’s love and overall just feeling close to Him. That’s awesome that we have the desire to know God more, but one thing we need to realize is that this isn’t going to happen in an instant. Although God can perform miracles, we can’t just wait for the feelings to come. Our relationship with God isn’t about feelings. Think about a romantic relationship. When you are interested in someone you won’t just ignore the person and expect them to get to know and love you. Of course not! You want to express interest and spend time with them. It’s the same way with God.
I was reading through Psalm 91 (which I recommend you read) which is a great Psalm about confiding in the Lord and finding comfort in Him. It mentioned how we should DWELL in the Lord and seek refuge in Him. Dwelling is not just occasionally speaking to, dwelling is relying on and completely residing in. There are many reasons why you may not have a strong relationship with the Lord and this could be one of them. The Bible doesn’t tell us that we start dwelling in the Lord when we feel close to Him. This is the point that I think a lot of Christians miss, including myself. We need to choose to love God, not just wait for a feeling.
Our relationship with the Lord is not based on feelings, that is not what it revolves around. We shouldn’t let our flawed feelings dictate how much we pursue the Lord. So, what does this mean for you? I would first tell you to make the choice to love God. Don’t wait to pursue Him, act now! Pray that God blesses you with motivation and more desire to know Him. Pray that God gives you the strength to not rely on your emotions, but on Him. Read your Bible daily and work on memorizing scripture. Get involved in church or Bible studies and learn God’s word! Lastly I would say, completely rely on God. Incorporate Him into your life and follow His plan. It took me a while to learn this, but now that I’m obeying what He commands me to do I feel so close to Him!
I hope this post helped some of you who have that desire to know God 🙂 If you have any questions about this post or faith or anything else feel free to comment or DM me on instagram. I hope you all have an amazing week and know that I am so thankful for the person on the other side of the screen reading this.