5 Awesome Truths When You Feel God Has Left You

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Do you feel God has left you? Perhaps you have prayed for days, months, or even years for God to remove your situation only to find it worse than ever. 

To put it bluntly, your life is hard. Really hard.

And you don’t know when it is going to get any better.

Some of you may be dealing with a health crisis, a wayward child, a failing marriage, or a family situation you think will never be resolved.

Others, a job issue or lack of money.

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Whatever the problem, God isn’t moving on your behalf and you are angry. Perhaps even losing hope.

The truth is God uses the tragedy, the crisis, and the suffering to draw us to Him. Unfortunately, many times we must feel pain–combined with the test of time–to reflect His image and grow spiritually. 

When it feels like God has left you, remember that many others in the Bible felt the same way as you: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Joseph, Ruth, Samson, David, Jeremiah, Ezra…

Even Jesus said on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Just like you, each of these people (including Jesus) experienced a temporary feeling of abandonment that passed when the trial lifted.

The truth is God has not left you. In fact, you can count on these five truths when you are feeling all alone in your trial.

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5 Awesome Truths When You Feel Like God Has Left You

1. God is fully engaged in the details.

In God’s infinite wisdom, He sees the whole picture and knows how each detail fits together perfectly to get just the right outcome at the right time.

He is crafting your story. Truthfully, you are connected to a bigger story that is beyond your imagination.

Be faithful to show up and do your part every day knowing that His providence is at work. God will tie all the loose ends together one day.

In time, every last detail will be resolved according to His will. Until then, get up each day and live it to the best of your ability.

Trust He is in control and believe God has not left you.

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2. God is sovereign.

God is in control.

There is nothing in the universe that is outside of His influence or authority. Everything passes through His hands first.

In fact, Satan has to ask God for permission to act. If you don’t believe me, check out the book of Job.

While you may believe God has left you, He is, in fact, managing your trials every minute of every day. Furthermore, He said we would have trouble in this life so we should expect it. Bummer. 

Each trial is an opportunity to release your will over to the God of the universe and believe He can work on your behalf.

If He can set the planets in orbit, balance the galaxies, create the heavens and earth, breathe life into a man and animals, create the oceans…He can manage your little world.

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3. God’s timing is perfect.

God existed before time. He has seen time from the beginning to the end–the entire spectrum. Our lives are only a small spec on the whole continuum.

Think of Lazurus. I’m sure Mary and Martha were wondering if God left them when Lazarus died. They couldn’t understand why Jesus didn’t intervene on his behalf.

Jesus could have healed him before he died, but he waited four days after his death just to make sure everyone knew he was dead.

So dead that he stunk.

And then He healed him…

I’m sure everyone was like, “Really, Jesus, four days? Did you have to wait until he smelled?!”

Lazarus’ family suffered horribly so Jesus could display His glory. They didn’t understand the greater purpose.

Often we don’t understand God’s timing with our finite minds, yet we must trust the overall plan because it is perfect. There is a greater purpose to our pain just like Lazerus.

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4.  God loves you.

If there is anything I have learned in the last ten years, it is that God loves us.

Specifically, He loves you. Yes, you. You are included. 

In fact, He has already shown His ultimate love on the cross by dying for your sins so you could live with him forever.  Fortunately, it doesn’t stop there. There are other God winks around you if you will start looking differently at your problems.

Look at your situation through His lense of utter, lavish love toward you. In fact, you can ask Him to show you His love in small ways throughout your day.

You will be amazed how He shows up through other people, favor in situations and tender mercies of grace that were otherwise unexpected or undeserved. You just have to start seeing with different eyes.

God has not left you. In fact, He loves you too much to leave you for even one second.

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5. God is drawing you to Him.

Our God is a God of relationship. He wants to be in fellowship with you all the time. Frankly, He will stop at nothing to get your attention.

Yeah, nothing. I know firsthand. 

Sadly, we don’t always see our trials this way. Instead, we run away because we blame Him for our refinement or angry we didn’t get our way. 

Truthfully, God is inviting you to run into His arms as a child runs to his daddy. He is drawing you to a sweeter and a more profound relationship than you can ever imagine if you will allow it.

What you need to realize is this kind of closeness only comes from complete brokenness. 

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God Has Not Left You

You may feel like God has left you, but I can assure you that it is not true. He is right beside you as you read this post.

He knows the number of hairs on your head, the number of tears you have cried, and the heartache you feel. Truly, He knows every last detail about your situation.

God is working through the details (probably slowly) so that one day you will reflect Him.

It is not an easy process, but you can get through it with His help. Run to Him! He is waiting with open arms. Trust the process even though it really hurts.

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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  1. Stephanie on March 26, 2020 at 9:36 am

    God will never leave us or forsake us! I know this to be true, but sometimes I definitely feel like I’m bearing the burden alone. Thank you for these reminders! They’re such a comfort!

    • Julie Plagens on March 27, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      I am so sorry you are feeling alone in your journey. I think this is a common feeling for many people right now. Rest on God’s wisdom to help you as navigate through your difficult time. God has not left you, not for a second.

  2. Sarah on March 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    This was on my heart this week. God is good; God is here. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Julie Plagens on March 27, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Sarah, yes God is truly here no matter what people are doing or saying right now. He has not forsaken you. He will help you through the fiercest storms. I pray you will remember these truths when you feel God has left you.

  3. Lisa on February 7, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for this reminder. It’s hard to remember his timing is perfect when times are tough

  4. Bethany on February 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Sometimes when things go wrong it’s hard to keep faith but the universe works in mysterious ways.

  5. Kathryn Lang on January 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the reminder. It’s easy to get so caught up in the day to day that I forget God is engaged in my dayd to day. I have to keep my focus on Him so that I can keep my steps in Him.

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