Have you ever experienced a time in life when maybe you didn’t feel close to God? Maybe you feel your relationship with Him is not strong? Well, friend, you are not the only one in that boat.
In seasons of doubt and discouragement, we need to draw closer to God. I’m not saying that God has pulled away from you because there is nothing you can do that will separate you from His love (Romans 8:31-39). But if we feel far away from Him, it is either because we walked away or God is right there but quiet. That is when we need to listen well. He said, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10 a).
So in those moments of distance or quiet, I encourage you to consider these exercises that will draw you closer to Him.
Read it – like a good book. Reading through scripture reminds me of God’s greatness. It is good to know the stories, the law, and the love of the scriptures. Reading the scriptures is like inhaling the breath of God. Every day, we need to take a deep breath of Him to live.
2 Timothy 3: 16-17 says:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(TIP: I actually listen to the scriptures while I read. I am a visual person and listening allows my God given imagination flow with the words.)
Study it – like a textbook. One Sunday at church the preacher asked the question: how do you know when money is fake? The answer: study the real thing. So I ask you, how do you know when someone is a follower of Jesus? Answer: study the real thing. Studying the scriptures means we learn who God is and then emulate Him.
An important key to studying is the application of what we learn. Students in college and vocational schools learn from textbooks, teachers, and application.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
ACTION is the key to studying the scripture. It is the action that goes with learning that changes who we are.
2. Trust Him to Work
There are times in life when we don’t know God’s plans. In those moments – and all moments – we need to trust Him.
Trust He will never leave us – Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
Trust He will always provide – And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Trust that He loves us – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16
Part of trusting Him to work is trusting Him enough to be vulnerable with Him. Joyce Meyer stated in her Trusting God Day by Day 365 day devotional, that there are times when Christians feel that we are not allowed to feel certain feelings. However, as Ms. Meyer said, “being a person of faith does not mean you will never have negative or ungodly feelings,” but we have to open up to God. God works wonders at our weakest moments. His power is made perfect in our weakness. If we aren’t willing to be vulnerable with Him, He can’t do the amazing things in our lives that He has planned for us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
FYI: He already knows … so just be honest with Him.
Prayer is a vital part of strengthening our relationship with God. In my post on Praying Like Jesus, I stated that Jesus prayed regularly to His Father. The example Jesus showed us of prayer is one akin to spending one-on-one time with someone you love.
Just like in any relationship, there needs to be communication and time spent together. Prayer gives us that; it is direct communication with God and it is time spent alone with our Creator.
My husband and I actually use A.C.T.S. as a guide for praying. A.C.T.S. helps me keep my focus because I tend to be a little scatter-brained at times.
4. Look for HIM
Do you know the saying “if you look for something, you’re going to find it?” It’s true. We have to look for God!
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I love to see one of God’s plans come together. It is a pleasure and a praise to tell Him “I see what you did there!”
For example one of my dearest friends goes home if she can’t find a parking spot quickly because God must have something else for her to do. Without fail, by the time she gets home she is needed elsewhere or someone is waiting for her at home! If she had found a spot and went shopping she would not have been there to do what God had for her to do. My friend looks diligently for God in her life, in parking spots and everywhere.
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM is important
Growing in God sometimes takes time and intentionality. We can get caught up in the hustle of life and forget about our relationship with Him. However, our relationship with God is the one we need to develop the most.
I don’t know about you, but I know I need God. The way He works in my life amazes and humbles me. And I pray that you are in that place – or working toward that place – with God too.
*hugs and loves* y’all,
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