Beyond Feelings

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016

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Key Bible Verse: Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 27

Every relationship goes through bouts of closeness and distance, and our relationship with God exists on a somewhat similar level. There are times when we sense his delight and joy. And yet there are other times when, in our shame, disobedience or pride, we work as hard as possible to be independent and away from God. Some days we feel more like a daughter or son of God than others.

There are days when the presence is not just a fact, but a feeling. Our attentiveness to our heavenly Father and our obedience to him will always set us up for moments of joy within his presence. But we have to be with him in the deepest sense of the word – we must abide.

It can be easy to assume other people – even people in Scripture and influential people today – are constantly surrounded by God’s peaceful presence. They are not. Even the more experienced Christians would say the feeling is certainly real, but it’s not constant. We want to always feel close to him instead of doing the hard work and remembering he’s always near to us, trusting that the feeling of his weighty presence will come and go as we faithfully walk beside him.

– Chris Nye in Distant God


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