Several days ago, the FB app on my phone inexplicably kicked me out and will NOT let me back in. I tried the usual tricks before I Googled the issue and tried the suggestions that popped up there, but no matter what I do I keep getting this, “unexplained error, try again” message. So annoying! I felt so disjointed at first, so disconnected. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reached for my phone and touched the app only to be faced with the blocked screen and reminded of my rejected status.
Have you ever felt disconnected from God? I don’t mean how you feel when you’re just living normal daily life outside of those splendid moments on top of the mountain when you’re basking in His glory. I’m talking about when you reach out in prayer but feel like you get a “return to sender” message, or read your Word only to have it fall flat on your ears.
For me, feeling disconnected is the most unsettling feeling in the world. I feel fitful, restless, like I’m floating along separate from my purpose and meaning. David wrote about his experiences in this state in Psalm 22:1-2 and his agony is apparent. This is a prime moment for the enemy to attack by sowing seeds of doubt or brining in worldly substitutes that momentarily fill the void we feel. DON’T BUY THE LIES! This is not the time to give up, but to dig in.
First, remember that as a Christian we walk by faith, not by sight ( 2nd Corinthians 5:7) We are in a covenant relationship with God and just like in a marriage, feelings can be a good indicator, but relying on them to guide you completely is dangerous. Our relationship with God is more than just an emotional rollercoaster and while we can use our feeling as a moment to pause and look deeper, they are not the whole truth.
Take the steps to try and discern the cause:
1: Ask yourself if you been putting your relationship with God first, or letting distractions like tv, social media, friends or other things take His place, and make a conscience choice to remedy that.
2: Has the Holy Spirit revealed in area in your life that He would like to change? Are you resisting? Saying “no” too many times will eventually send Him away. But don’t think this is about perfection, it’s about submission and allowing Him to complete the work in you which He started. (Philippians 1:6)
3: We know we are in a constant battle (Ephesians 6:12) Is this a period of training and growth? Can God trust you to remain faithful even when you don’t see or hear Him? Only by remaining constant in prayer and standing firm in The Word will we prevail and be victorious.
David may have cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.”, but in the next verse he shifts his focus to two important truths, God reigns in holiness and He’s faithful to deliver his people (Psalm 22:3-4). When we don’t feel God’s presence we can rely on His character. He has promised to never leave us nor foresake us (Hebrews 13:5) and through the sacrifice of Jesus we have uninhibited access to His throne of Grace. Stay faithful in prayer, get anchored in The Word and allow the promise of God’s faithfulness to transcend our fleeting emotions. Choose to praise Him, even when He feels far away and persevere for His glory.