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Has God Abandoned Me? 5 Truths When You Feel Lost and Alone

I can’t tell you how many times I have thought, “Has God abandoned me?” Perhaps you have felt the same way too. In fact, 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 and feel like God has left you.

Before you give up, remember this truth: 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 you are asking, “Has God abandoned me?” remember that many others in the Bible felt the same way as you. Here are some examples: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaac, Joseph, Ruth, Samson, David, Jeremiah, Ezra, and Esther.

Did you know that the name of God is never mentioned in the book of Esther? Yet we clearly see divine intervention in the midst of the silence.

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 you are loved. God is with you even when you are feeling forgotten. In fact, here is what you do when you feel God has abandoned you.

Believe.

Have faith in these five truths no matter what.

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5 Awesome Truths When Feeling Abandoned By God

If you are questioning God and silently asking, “Has God abandoned me?” then this is for you. These tips will help you trust God even when it feels like everything is out of control. I can assure you that God is engaged in your life, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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 even when you think God has 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 in the Bible.

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.

Remember this when you think, “Has God abandoned me?”

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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 thinking, “Has God abandoned me?” 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. Remember this when you are thinking, “Has God abandoned me?”

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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.

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. 

When you are asking, “Has God abandoned me,” remember that he is always here. It may be you have strayed from Him.

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. It is only in complete humility that we can truly approach Him.

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What to Do When You Feel Like God Is Not There

You may feel like God has abandoned you, but I can assure you that it is not true. God has a plan for each person’s life. He is right beside you as you read this post.

God calls us to obedience even when we can’t see the details or know the outcome. Furthermore, He is working through the details (probably slowly) so that one day you will reflect Him.

God’s silence is intentional at times. And while we don’t understand it,  He is hidden behind all events just like in the book of Esther where His name is never mentioned. But, oh, did he move. 

He knows your pain too. And He loves you. He will never abandon you no matter what it feels like at the time.

Hebrews 13:5 – [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Have you ever asked, “Has God abandoned me?” What did you do to feel better? Comment below.

 

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19 thoughts on “Has God Abandoned Me? 5 Truths When You Feel Lost and Alone”

  1. God helps those he wants to help and doesn’t help or even acknowledge others – kind of like the playground in school, not everyone is a cool kid. It’s really not just or merciful or righteous. It doesn’t matter how many years you pray or live life completely miserable doing all the right things, God only helps some people. And those people like to share with others God won’t abandon how to live and how to trust and how to keep believing, but he does, it’s ok, you’re not alone. The ones that God answers are the ones that feel compelled to write these types of articles. I too once was upbeat and positive and trusting for over 25 years I prayed and begged and pleaded for a family. I ended up still alone, sick, and more miserable by the day. Wherever God is – it isn’t here. False hope is what posts like this promote. God doesn’t help everyone. He doesn’t even answer. For some it never gets better. It’s kind of a joke. That’s point of view should also be acknowledged so people should realize it doesn’t happen for everyone. Don’t feel bad if you’ve spent your life praying and begging and God doesn’t show up. You haven’t done anything to deserve it. It’s just how life is for some people.

    1. Anna, first of all, I am so sorry. I can hear the incredible hurt in your words. I can so relate to you. I once felt this way too. There is no way around it. Life is hard and many times cruel. It is easy to blame God. I get it all too well.
      Maybe you don’t know my story. I prayed and begged God to change my family situation and my health. There was a time when I was estranged from my family for 7 years, and I suffered from Crohn’s disease. In fact, they were going to take my colon out and replace it with a bag. It was an irreversible procedure.
      I felt God had abandoned me, and that Christianity only worked for some people. I just wasn’t one of them. I felt worthless, unloved, and forgotten. Yes, I cried out to God, like you, but didn’t hear or feel any change for a long while.
      I got into counseling and realized I could only change myself, not those around me. I was stuck in my own self-pity. In order to get out, I had to change my thinking, set boundaries, and embrace the one thing that I refused to believe–God’s love.
      I had acted unloved by living in unforgiveness and staying bitter. While I had been dealt a difficult hand, I realized the only way out was to forgive. (And there was a lot to forgive.) My counselor, who had been at Minrith Meyer for over 25 years, said my family dysfunction was the top 3 worst he had dealt with. I understand pain physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
      I am now living in forgiveness and setting strong boundaries with those around me. Instead of wallowing in the self-pity that I so loved, I wallow in God’s grace and lavish love. And realize that I am just as broken as those I once hated.
      You are loved. But you have to accept it. And then live in it. It’s a mind shift. I would suggest you read Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst. Or read my book Estranged: Finding Hope When Your Family Falls Apart. I give steps to help you change the narrative in your life. With God’s help, you can embrace the truth. But it takes time.
      I am praying right now that you will stop fighting God. Lay down your anger, bitterness, and hatred toward Him as I did. Run to Him like a little child. Ask him to show you how to live in His love. Your circumstances around you may not change, but you will. And that will make those around you have to adjust to your new behavior.
      If you are waiting for everyone else to change, you will never get healed. It starts with you. Start today. And ask God to show you His love.

  2. Toya M. Johnson

    I’m about to give up. I lost my job in 2019 because I was worn down and suffered from anxiety. Finally got a new one at the start of 2020 and then… I’ve been going through it with unemployment. They owe me almost $14K and I haven’t been paid since September. I decided today to take out the remainder of my 401K (I had to take the rest of it) that I was trying to save as a last, last resort. My lease is up on my apartment and I don’t think I’ll be able to afford it. I’ve been looking for a job since I got laid off in October after being on furlough in March.

    I have been singing at church two Sundays a month with a praise team since March last year. I sing at every funeral since I have the time. I serve. I read devotionals in the morning and night to hear from God. I started a prayer journal to get focused. And still nothing. No help. No word. No sign. Nothing. What am I doing wrong? Why isn’t God there? Why won’t he help?

    1. Tonya, first of all, I am so sorry. I can’t begin to say I understand what is going on. All I can say is that when we are in times of crisis, we need to look back at God’s character. He is good and loves you so much. Personally, I can look back on all the hard times in my life and see what God was doing when I was out of the storm. For instance, my college-age daughter had a horrific head injury in 2019. She had to quit college and come home. It was so bad she couldn’t move without triggering a migraine. I was so angry at God. I had no idea what he was doing at the time. Now I see what he was doing 2 years out. She needed to come home, change schools and majors, and do some things differently. It was so awful but God used it for good. Whatever you are going through, God will use for good. Sometimes we are being moved into a different thing, and we just have to do it whether we understand or not. And trust God when all seems lost. I pray God shows you what to do when it is time to do it. He is faithful if you will trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense.

  3. Why does God ignore me when I ask for help? I’m so lost and afraid but God seems to keep throwing obstacles at me that I can no longer deal with.

    1. Hi Lucy. I am so sorry you are feeling this way. Oh, that this life was easy, but it is not. I can understand how you feel. There are many times that I have looked up at the ceiling and shook my fist at God. I felt He was distant, mean, and hated me. My life was a mess.
      I cried out to Him for help and felt nothing back. It wasn’t until I got into counseling and realize how much hatred, unforgiveness, and bitterness I had in my heart that it clouded the truth. I lived in a self-sabotaging narrative that punished no one but me.
      The answers I wanted didn’t match up to what God was saying: pray for those who hurt me, set boundaries, forgive, release my hurts, don’t wallow, spend time with HIm every day, work on myself, change me–not others, quit controlling others, and most of all, accept His love.
      Everything God said went against what the world and my flesh said to do. It didn’t make sense. His economy was upside down to the world. It’s counterintuitive.
      Since everything I was doing didn’t work, I gave His way a try. And I am now living in a much better place. My colon is healed, I have a relationship with my family that includes boundaries, and I live loved.
      Did I change the people around me. Well, yes and no. When I changed, it forced them to change. When they act badly, I set boundaries. I step back, and I forgive. If I accidentally put myself in a bad situation, I forgive myself. I step back and pray. I ask God to help me stay healthy.
      Sometimes a relationship is so toxic that you have to step back. Don’t be afraid to do that until you get healing and learn how to set boundaries. I pray that God will be with you. Keep seeking Him. He will answer you. But you have to be willing to hear what He has to say, even if you don’t like it.

    1. Tinashe, I look at the stars quite often to remind myself of how big He is and how little I am. Creation screams His name, and we can hear it off we listen closely. Yes, you can trust Hom with your life. He is good.

  4. 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!

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. Thank you for the reminder. 8 years of unfair suffering for my family. They had strong Christian faiths, but it has been shattered over and over by a powerful person. I can see how the pieces might be recovered and made into a new mosaic that brings hope and beauty while not trying to cover up the broken pieces. I hope that my family will be able to do that someday. It all rings rather hollow right now.

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