Alienated From God
Perhaps the loneliest place in the universe for a child of God, or any human being, is the place of separation from God. When you can’t hear God speak… When you can’t feel his presence…
I’m telling you, some days, this is me. I’m floating through life, isolated from God and everyone else. There is no lifting of my spirit to the one whom my soul loveth. There is no joy. There is no peace. The Bible is a riddle. My prayers are hitting the ceiling. I can’t hear his voice.
Everyone goes through times of spiritual drought, don’t despair!
Oh, that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! Job 23:3
Understanding the Silence of the Lord
4 Simple Ways to Re-connect With God
Let me preface this by saying, most (if not all) of you reading this, already know these things, but if you’re like me, it’s easy to forget what you know, so may this come as a reminder!
1.) Confess Your Sin
Outward sin is action in violation of known commands of God.
When I was a young girl, growing up in church, I did not understand that when you got saved, you could still sin. I thought that saved people were supposed to be perfect. It was very confusing for me. I did not understand the great doctrines of justification & sanctification; or, that salvation did not immediately take away the sin nature, but that now there were two natures living inside of me. Romans 7:15-25
The truth is, we all sin.
But, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
Part of the purpose of the letter of I John, is that the Christian might have fellowship with God the Father and his son Jesus, & so that the Christian’s joy might be full:
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:3-4
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:6-10
Oh, my friend, as ye have therefore received the Lord, so walk ye in him!
The Christian life that is full of joy and peace and fellowship with the Lord, is one of daily confession and repentance before the blessed Savior!
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
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2.) Confess Your Sin (Some More)
Inward sin is a disposition or an inclination in the heart contrary to the mind of Christ.
“God may not be changing your situation, because he’s trying to change your heart.”
I heard these wise words from a young lady and they struck a chord of truth within my heart. Yes! We go through trials of faith, not only to prove ourselves, but God uses these times to change us into his own image. Little by little we become more like him! Perfecting holiness…
Job was in a miserable place. He had lost everything, except for his faith. His children were gone. His prosperity burned up. His health in ruins. His friends turned on him. His wife bitter. He knew God was his salvation, his only hope. He longed for God, but God was silent.
God allowed Satan to tempt Job. Actually, God, led Satan to temp Job. “Have you considered my servant, Job…” We see the deep test of Job’s faith. Do you think God wanted to test and see if Job had any faith? He already knew about Job’s faith. Maybe his desire was to purify his servant? Job didn’t have any gross outward sin in his life. In the end, Job repented of being presumptuous. He opened his mouth in pride, presuming to speak on God’s behalf. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.”
Job 42:3b …therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Job 42:5-6 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
The Bible said Job was perfect and upright, eschewing evil, but yet, there was still sin lurking in his nature.
“God may not be changing your situation, because he’s trying to change your heart.”
Before Job saw his own sin, he first saw God. In the light of God’s glory, sin is clearly visible, in all it’s repugnance.
Inward sins keep the child of God from a relationship with God.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which, no man can see God.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The inward sins are harder for us to see, sometimes God has to show them to you. But, If you ask him, he will! Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded. James 4:8
If you want to walk with God, you are going to have to live a life- style of repentance. -Larry Sauvageot
Tests and trials show us our true nature, which God already knows. It hurts to grow.
I love my earphones on my iphone. They’re like little hearing aids! When i’m talking on the phone and can’t hear the other person, I just pop in my earphones and, voila: perfect hearing. Even if the other person is not speaking clearly. God speaks to us through his word, but what he’s saying is not always clear. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the Preacher say, “The Bible has to be revealed…” In other words, God has to show you what he’s saying . Take a look at this verse:
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” Matthew 13:1
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, Luke 24:44-45
Through his word, he shows us our sin, shows us our worth, gives us hope and wisdom. If you can’t hear him speak through the scriptures, and your heart is clean before God, ask him to show you what is separating you from him and get somewhere quiet with your Bible open, pray, seek and listen. (Romans 10:17)
4.) Seek Him
There is a story of a young Indian man, whose life’s work was diving for pearls. In the story, he finds a pearl, the biggest most beautiful pearl known to man. But, in order to obtain it, the diver paid-in-blood, the sea’s ransom: his life. But, just before he died, he gave this treasure, the biggest, most beautiful pearl, costly and one-of-a-kind, to his father.
Later, the young man’s father refused to sell the very valuable pearl, for his son had given his life for it. To him, it was price-less.
Buy the truth and sell it not: also, wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:23
The Lord Jesus is our Pearl of Great Price. And we are his: He died to obtain us. And we must die to our flesh (not to obtain salvation, for it is a free gift. Ephesians 2:8), but to obtain closeness with him.
We have such a beautiful Savior. Not only does he condescend to men (and ladies) of low estate, but he invites us to lift our souls heavenward and meet him at his celestial throne, where we can become an ever more polished mirror, reflecting his light and love to the soul of man, living in this dark world.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
- Be Still (Psalm 4:3-4)
- Listen (Romans 10:17)
- Seek (Jeremiah 29:13)
- Cleanse Your Hands (James 4:8)
- Purify Your Heart (James 4:8)
Can you hear God’s voice in the calm of the day? When you are alone with your thoughts and all is still, do you recognize his gentle voice in the depths of your heart? Or, do you unconsciously try to keep your mind occupied, because the silence is intimidating?
He in me, and I in him: I was made for his pleasure, and he is my joy.
Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. Psalm 83:1
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