Why does God seem farthest when we need Him most?



Good question. 

I don’t have a good answer. 

In the throws of depression, grief, tragedy, I’ve often asked for prayers and felt unable to pray for myself.

But…maybe that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Maybe when He feels farthest we need to look closer.

Maybe God is near, but not in the ways we suspect. Not in a loud voice or a burning bush. Not in an earthquake or a storm, but rather…

…in the prayer of a friend who cries out for you.

…in the steady fall of rain on a spring garden.

…in the memory of someone who believed in you years ago.

…in the taste of warm soup on a cold winter day.

…in the curl of a dog’s wagging tail when you get home in the evening.

What about you?

What are some of the still, small ways God is with you that maybe you haven’t looked close enough to see? 

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In my new novel, Then Sings My Soul, the main characters (Jakob and Nel) are asking the same question. What they find  you. Read their story and how they find hope. Available wherever your favorite books are sold.

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2 thoughts on “Why does God seem farthest when we need Him most?

  1. In the middle of the night as I sit with my dad who is under hospice care. Each laboring breath he takes I feel the presence of our Savior. It is hard. So hard. But I still hear…”Come to me. I am here.”

  2. God doesn’t change in times of suffering, instead what we assume about Him comes to the forefront. It’s human nature to want to make sense of things. As you say, “Maybe when He feels farthest we need to look closer.” A closer look tends to shed light on our assumptions.

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