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When God Feels Far Away - 24th August 2016 - Wednesday's Dose

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"God ... is not far from each one of us."
- Paul the Apostle (Acts 17:27).

"I attend church regularly," one person said to me,
"but I don't necessarily believe in God. He seems
so distant."

The difficulty for many of us, even when we believe in God, is feeling close to him and experiencing his presence and love. When we can't, as Cecil Osborne points out, it is our receptivity that
is at fault. God is constantly broadcasting his love,
power and blessings to all of us but when can't feel
these, it's the barriers in our life that block God's
love getting through.

The barriers can be unresolved negative emotions
such as anger, resentment, hurt, grief, fear,
feelings of inadequacy, guilt and so on. Another
barrier can be caused by any impaired relationship
with a loved one or friend, by unconfessed sin, living out of harmony with God's will, or by not making the effort to daily spend time with God in prayer and listening to his Word. When we starve our souls, it feels as if God is far away.

Another reason God can seem far away is because of a lack of sufficient human love, connection, and
meaningful fellowship with fellow Christians. We were created for relationships—with God and people. Both are essential for emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. As John, the beloved disciple of Jesus put it, "If we love one another, God's love is perfected or made complete in us." - 1 John 4:12.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, 
Whenever I feel that You are distant, help me to realize that I'm the one who has moved, not You. Help me to see any barrier/s in me and lead me to the help I need to resolve these. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, 
Amen."

Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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