Do you ever find yourself feeling distant from God, but you’re not sure why?
Today we’ll go over 3 questions you can use to get back on track when you’re not feeling close and add four more questions in my next post.
1. Are you making anything more important than He wants you to make it?
The other day I asked a friend how she knows if she has an idol in her life. She said, “I watch what I’m thinking about in my down time—when I go to bed, when I wake up in the middle of the night, when I wake up in the morning. If it’s always the same thing, I know I have an idol.”
“When that happens, I know I need to make some boundaries on both my thought life and my work life.”
The truth is, it’s easy to make life about things other than God. When that happens, we need to keep going back to Him again and again until we give up our idols. Brilliantly, the very act of going to Him to work through those issues brings us close to Him again.
2. Why are you spending time with Him?
Think of your closest relationship. What if you only spent time with that person because you felt obligated? Would you enjoy your time together, or would you try to make it as short as possible so you could get on to other things?
If you’re not at a place in your walk with God where you enjoy Him yet, try to find something to do with Him that you’ll look forward to. Something that will either get you into the Word or help you have a conversation with God.
When I was in that spot, I looked for good topical Bible studies to go through. I also spent a lot of time truth journaling.
Truth journaling was a way for me to visit with God about my problems. I felt like He was counseling me as He poured truth into my life and I grew to love my time with Him.
God also used truth journaling to help me fall in love with the Bible. I began to search the Bible with a purpose – I wanted to know the truth.
3. Do you need to confess a sin?
Think of that close relationship again. What happens when you argue with that person? Even though you still love each other, it affects your relationship for awhile, right?
The same is true in our relationship with God. Even though He doesn’t demand perfection, our sin affects our fellowship with Him.
I often do a “closeness” check at the beginning of my quiet time. If I don’t feel close to God, I examine my heart. Is there some sin lurking in the background, making me feel distant from God?
Almost without fail, the answer is yes. Usually it’s a heart sin because those aren’t as easy to notice – judgment, selfishness, anger, an ungrateful spirit, etc. Something I’m holding onto that I need to confess and let go. When I do, I feel closer to God again.
If you’re not feeling close to God today, I hope you’ll give these questions a try.
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P.S. One of these days I’ll try to get some truth journaling examples up that aren’t about food! Here are two examples of truth journaling on other subjects:What if You Can’t “Just Get Over It”? and If He Loved Me, He Wouldn’t Say Those Things.