When I felt secure, I said, ‘I shall never be shaken.’ … but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. Psalm 30:6-7 (NIV)
Everyone has times when they feel close to God and other times when God might feel far away.
The psalmist, writing several thousand years ago, summed it up well when he said that when all was well (he felt secure) and he could honestly say: ‘I shall never be shaken’. However, he also knew times when he ‘was dismayed’. The confidence of the closeness being replaced by feelings of distance.
God doesn’t expect us to pretend that everything is fine all the time. He expects us to be honest with him, recognising when his closeness makes us feel secure and unshakable, but also when we feel he is distant and are feeling dismayed.
When you think about it, God’s distance from us is never variable. It is often because we are relying on feelings that we experience times of distance from him; in reality he is still close to us. God knows you have feelings, so don’t be afraid to let him know how you feel.
In your prayers follow the psalmist’s example and be honest with God.
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