How many times have you heard “Where’s God when I need him? Why doesn’t he hear me or help me? Why can’t I feel God’s Presence”? Question, when was the last time you had a one on one talk with him? Do you come to him humbly and lay all your troubles at his feet? Do you believe your prayers are heard and will be answered? A key passage in 1 Peter will help you appreciate that times of distress are common and are for the good of God’s children. Amid the rich details of God’s glorious grace, resides an affirmation that those who rejoice in their salvation will also experience distress due to various trials.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-7
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3-7).
Take solace in knowing that sorrowful times even periods of feeling God has withdrawn His presence, are an integral part of your spiritual experience. God hasn’t utterly abandoned you, though you feel He has. Other believers have successfully traveled the dark path you walk and completed their journey. Peter acknowledges that trials produce grief in believers–and grief is a common experience.
When God seems distant, we must call to Him and trust in His unfailing love.
Keep in mind, if you feel distant from God it is you that has distanced yourself from him. Make the time to read the word, pray and ask him to surround you and your loved ones in peace and love. When you cannot sleep at night, get the Bible out and ask the Lord what is it that he wants you to read and you will find the answers to your questions there in the Bible. Be at ease and know that it is not us that are in control but him.