When We Feel Far from God

Alexandra Hoover

Day: 10 | Plan: When Words Fail

Today's Reading: Psalms 13-14

Psalm 13:5 (ESV) "But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation."

I remember a particularly difficult time in my early adult years, where I felt as if God was nowhere to be found. I felt so alone and thought I had done all the right things to keep God around.

I was newly married and sifting through what it meant to be a wife, as well as a Christian and a daughter of the King. I found myself feeling far from God, unseen and forsaken. But feeling far from God or feeling forsaken by God does not mean we are. We see in Psalms 13-14 that it's a choice to press into the truth that our Father is never far, but always near.

Psalms 13-14 are written by David. Historically we know that David had some dark and hard seasons. Though David experienced deep valleys, he was relentless in pursuing God's truth, and we see in Psalms 13 and 14 an example of what it looks like to believe God when we feel far from Him, and how the gift of remembrance and truth points us to the promise and hope of Jesus.

In Psalm 13, we see how in our flesh we become impatient and believe God has forsaken us. We might echo the thoughts of David and wonder why God has hidden Himself from us. (Psalm 13:1-2)

We might feel like God is far away. But instead of allowing our feelings to lead us, we must remember that our feelings are simply a gauge, not a guide. They give us an opportunity to choose God in the moments that seem dark and alone.

Psalm 13 continues, and we go from David feeling forsaken and forgotten, to David showing us what it looks like to choose God and believe His truths. It has everything to do with wanting to remember God's promises and who He is. (Psalm 13:5) And in Psalm 14, we are reminded that when we deny Him and His presence in our lives, we are believing the enemy's lies instead of living from the truth that God is always present and never leaves His children. (Psalm 14:5)

When we are suspicious of God's absence, we begin to reach for things that will bring us temporary fulfillment and peace. We become overwhelmed with the things of the world and don't call out to God, but rely on ourselves. When we decide to say yes to God out of trust and obedience, we experience the joy of knowing God and being near to Him.

We are never far from God, and just as Hebrews 13:5-6 reminds us, God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is present, gracious and good.

David shows us in both of these psalms that remembrance and worship is a gift guiding us back to the truth of God's character. We end Psalm 14 reminded of the greater promise of a King coming to save the lost and bring eternal hope and rest for His children. (Psalm 14:7)

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the eternal promise of being held safe in Your arms. Thank You for calling us righteous in Your sight and the promise of Your mighty presence. Remind us, Lord, to use the gift of remembrance, and point our feelings and hearts back to Your truths and who You are. In Jesus' name, amen.

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