“We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your wonderful deeds.”
Psalm 75:1 NLT
It’s interesting that this verse about God’s nearness comes from the book of Psalms. Elsewhere in the book, we find several examples of David feeling abandoned by God, or at least feeling distant from Him. Here are just two examples…….
Psalm 13:1 NLT
“O LORD, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?”
Psalm 22:1 NLT
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?”
Yet this verse, not to mention many, many other passages, shows us that those feelings of abandonment are just our human emotions playing tricks on us. Some people think that if hard times come, it’s because God has left. But God never promised us that life would be easy. In fact, He makes it clear that hard times are unavoidable.
That doesn’t change the fact that God will not abandon His people. We never have to ask, “God, where were you while I was going through that difficult time?” He never left. He was there every step of the way.
Folks, if you ever doubt God’s closeness, pray. Tell God how you feel. Ask Him to make Himself known to you. He will answer your prayer, although it may not be immediately. Sometimes faith is a matter of believing in God’s faithfulness and closeness even when there is no sense of His presence. In those cases, we need to remember, like David, what God has done in the past and affirm His faithfulness today.