Romans 8:38~And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from Gods's love.
I recently met with a friend who is at the place of gut wrenching hurt/betrayal, feeling worthless, alone, afraid, and imprisoned. She loves God deeply, but is not feeling Him right now.
Have you ever felt this way? Are you feeling this way now? Do you find yourself reaching for what is comfortable or easy? Do you find that it is only a temporary fix from your pain? Do you find yourself not feeling God in these times? Here are a few truths in the Bible I have discovered to hold onto when the "feelings" aren't there:
He has shown me through these facts from the Bible, that when I keep my eyes on Him even when I don’t “feel” Him. When I rest, go through pain, do the daily life things, He proves to me that He goes before and with me. He shows me that He was with me in my darkest anguish. “Stones of remembrance” is what I have, looking at the many times I can see when God was with me during painful times, by providing for and loving me. In those moments when I don’t “feel” Him, I have proof of His work in my life. I am able to see His goodness, even when the feelings are not there. This is faith.
When I go through times of pain here is a way I might pray: Thank you Father for giving me this season to grow. Thank you for reminding me of your love through scripture. I don’t want to focus on the painful circumstances, but acknowledge them and continue to focus on you! Allowing me to be sheltered in Your arms of love. For you have my breath, You have my heart, You love me, you forgive me for picking up those things that don’t bring the life you desire for me, and You are patient with me in the moments I struggle to connect with Your heart. Thank You that You are God and I am not, so that I can cling to YOUR never ending love!
QUESTION: What are your “Stones of remembrance?” I would love for you to share them here.