Dear Pastor Andy, why do we sometimes feel like God is far away, and forget that we serve a Christ who is not far off but living in us? In Christ, we have personal and immediate access to the presence of God. Do we forget that sometimes?
One of our greatest flaws is our feelings. They’re great for many things, but they’re also what make us feel like we’re alone, even when we know we’re not. They’re also one of Satan’s greatest weapons against us, for we make our decisions based on how we feel.
But you’re right. As Christians, we need to remember that we’re not alone, even if we feel like we are. For instance, sometimes I’ll pray and won’t feel the presence of God there. But because of my faith and past experiences, I know He is. So I just talk anyway, regardless of how I feel. Sometimes, I’ll even tell Him that I feel like that, then start talking to Him.
God is never far
You’re also absolutely right by saying that, “In Christ, we have a personal and immediate access to the presence of God.” God even told His people (those of us in Him) that He will never leave us nor forsake us. And Jesus said at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, “remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We just need to remember this, especially when our emotions, what we’re feeling at the time, tell us different.