Scripture is clear on more than one occasion that God promised to never leave us nor forsake us. This means that regardless of circumstances, He is there. That is much easier to preach than always understand but it is most definitely true. This was written to believers in the New Testament who were being killed for their faith in Jesus Christ to remind them that God was truly with them despite how things felt at the time. I can personally attest to many times when I haven’t felt God’s presence and honestly wondered if He had forgotten about me and my family. The good news in this situation is that the truth of Scripture always trumps our feelings. Just because we cannot feel God doesn’t mean that He isn’t there. Also keep in mind that often the silence causes us to dive into God’s word like never before and experience Him in a fresh and different way. The whole process is Him molding and making us to be more like Jesus.
It is true, however, that life will not always be great, in fact I am learning quite the contrary. Maybe you are in a situation where you are asking God “why”. To be honest that question cannot always be answered. Many think we shouldn’t ask God why but I not only think that it is okay but actually encourage people to do this. God is a big God and He can handle our questions and doubts. In fact when we get real in our relationship with Him is when true change begins to take place and we can get to the point where we trust Him and know He is near.
When we go through horrible situations and see first hand God’s presence in the midst of our trials, we not only share God’s faithfulness but we can say that we have been there and we know this to be true. We can share from experience that God truly is with us and that He will carry us through. What a testimony to how great He is. His promise is true, regardless of our fleeting feelings and we can take Him at His word! Go tell the world!!!!!
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'” Hebrews 13:5-6
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20