Present and Accounted For

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5

I remember once when I was a young believer when I didn’t feel God’s presence. I woke up one morning and just didn’t have the warm fuzzy feeling I had the night before. And being new in the faith and not knowing the Bible very well, I wondered if God had left me in the night some time. What happened?”
I talked to a Christian friend about it and he said, “You’re going through a test.”
“What? A test? But I have not studied, I’m not prepared!”
“No, not that kind of a test”, he said.
“What’s a test?”, I said.
My friend explained there are times when God allows us to go through a difficulty with the intent that we grow stronger. God allows us to experience times in our life when we don’t feel His presence so we will know He is always there even when we don’t feel Him. And in time I came to realize that God is always there even when I don’t feel Him.
You might walk outside tomorrow to an overcast sky. And if you did not understand our solar system you might think, “The sun was here yesterday but I don’t see it today. I don’t feel its warmth. I guess the sun has gone away.” Of course we know that is ridiculous. The sun hasn’t gone away. It has just been obscured by clouds.
In the same way, some people wrongly conclude that God is gone when they don’t feel Him. But truly He is still there, even when you don’t feel Him. The Bible tells us in Hebrews, “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ”
We are called to walk by faith, not by feelings. God has promised in His Word that He will be with us. That is how we know He is there.

David Ball
Pastor