Feeling Close to God
When was the last time that you felt really close to God? When was that and what were the elements involved? We are often reminded that God remembers his promises and covenants – even when we don’t. In Deuteronomy – The Second Giving of the Law – Moses reminds God’s people over and over to remember the things God has done for them. I believe this is important for us as well. Remember the goodness of God and the blessings of God. Through the pandemic, we have experienced many struggles and it can be very easy to become negative. There are plenty of negatives and it seems like it is human nature to focus on them. But God has done great things! He has done great things throughout history and he has done great things in our lives!
So remember the goodness of God in your life! Ask the big questions of when was it? Where were you? What were you doing and what thoughts were you thinking? Who was with you? What was the environment – the sights, the sounds, the surroundings? What can you remember? What can you re-experience?
Sometimes God the Holy Spirit is most evident in times or trial or tragedy. We obviously do not want to repeat these situations, but we can remember the goodness of God in that moment. At other times, we have positive experience of knowing the presence and the forgiveness of God. What can we remember and what can we repeat about these times?
The heavens declare the glory of God, God’s Word speaks to us, God’s Church is the Body of Christ. God answers our prayer. Scripture and music sink down deep within our heart. The love of a friend lifts our spirit an encourages our heart.
I want to encourage you to remember times when God’s presence was most noticeable and most meaningful. Do some of those things again. Pray, read Scripture, sing, listen to worship music, go for a walk and talk to God. Call or visit that friend who encourages your faith. Visit that place where you felt God’s presence. Remember. If it has been awhile or you have not experienced God’s personal presence. The Lord says, I love those who love me and those who seek me find me (Prov. 8:17). Jesus promises us that if we seek him, we will find him (Mt. 7:7,8). So seek him! Remember him! And never forget the future that he promises to those who trust him. Do something today and this week that you know will help you to experience God’s wonderful presence!