Thursday, February 5, 2015

on feeling far from God


Today’s devotion was written by Anne Marie Miller (http://www.annemariemiller.com), and I pray what she shares about being far from God challenges you as it did me.  Read on:

For When You Feel Far From God

I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before.

--- I feel so far away from God.
--- Those were the years where I went far from God.
--- My friend, he’s just so far from God right now.

Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable.

Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track.

It dawned on me recently that

     we can’t be far from God.

I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you feel far from God, guess who moved?” as if to imply that we’ve chosen a path that causes God to stand still as we walk away.

God does not do that.

God does not stand still and watch us leave.

     It is in our nature to walk away, to run away, to hide.

     It is in God’s nature to pursue.

He never leaves.

Romans 8:38-39 says For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us.

God’s love, His presence, is closer to us than our own skin. Nothing in present or the future (realize it doesn’t say past: that’s because God chose not to remember our past), no person or entity, even our death can separate us from the love of God.

Just try leaving Him behind.

You can’t.

Embrace that truth today. Although in your heart you may feel forgotten, shameful, even convicted,

     GOD IS WITH YOU.

And there’s nothing you can do to change that.

Ever.

(Follow Anne Marie Miller on twitter at @girlnamedanne or on Facebook at girlnamedanne)

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