Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:7-10
I've been reading so many comments on Facebook, and other blogs lately about not "feeling" close to God. I've even received e-mails from people asking me to pray for them because they don't feel like they once did in their Christian walk. Although I don't pretend to be an expert on this particular subject, I've certainly had my moments when I've "felt" the same way.
If we have sin in our life it's like there is a impenetrable force field between us and God, luckily forgiveness is only a prayer away. Barring unforgiven sin however, there are times in our life when emotionally we don't feel as "connected" to God, and that's OK. I'll say it again, it's OK! You're not broken, it's just a part of our normal fallible human emotions. Our hearts are inherently wicked, our emotions are deceitful, we can't trust them.
Our trust must be placed in the Lord, not our emotions. When our hope and our faith is in the Lord we will be like a tree planted by the waters, we're not going to be moved by the storms of life and we won't "cease from yielding fruit" if we are trusting in God.
Although it's easy to say this, but when we pick up God's scriptures and he feels distant it's sometimes hard to believe. Luckily my relationship with God has nothing to do with how I feel on a day to day basis, I can still serve him in the valley or on the mountain top. If I depended on my emotions I would probably never read my Bible, go to church, or pray. I do these things because they are the right thing to do not because I want to do them, or even do them because they make me feel good. God's word tells me to do these things, my trust is in him therefore I do them.
I am so glad my salvation has nothing to do with how I feel. If it did I would be questioning it often.
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39