Do you feel closer to God in your lowest times or in your best times?
I mean, when would you say you pray more? Do you ‘dust off’ the worship music in your phone and put it on blast when things get tough or when they’re going smoothly? Take a minute and think about it.
Personally, I feel closest to God in my best times. When things are going smoothly you’ll find me jamming to ‘Jah is so Good’ by Alaine all day and my prayer habits are consistent. I sort of feel every promise I see in the Bible is being fulfilled and that He’s truly a good God.
But in the hard times, hmmm. It’s as if I get amnesia and forget all the good things and miracles God has done for me in the past. I start to wonder, where is God now? My prayer patterns aren’t consistent too as I take more time (over) thinking about my problems than focusing on God’s promises and therefore being hopeful.
Most times, that’s my first natural reaction and it takes intentionality to really trust that God will work a miracle in the valleys too.
I’ve been trying to challenge that habit lately as I work on growing my relationship with God and that takes me back to the question I initially asked. When do you (honestly) feel closest to God. Do you find yourself more prayerful during the tough times in your life while in the smooth times, you kinda push God to the side? Or are you like me who suffers from seasonal amnesia?😂
No judgement here, you can be honest. At least to yourself. ‘Cause once you’re honest about where you currently are in your faith journey, you can improve on it.
In case you are like me, you get distant with God during the tough times,
- This verse has been really encouraging;
When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will not be burnt; the hard trials will not hurt you.Isaiah 43:2
This is a reminder that God is still(here) with you. He has not abandoned you.
2. The same God who got you through the hard times in the past, will do it now too. Remember the Israelites? God helped them cross the Red Sea and protected them from the pursuing Egyptians yet they forgot and kept on complaining in the desert that God had forsaken them and wished they were back in slavery. They didn’t trust the Lord to keep providing for them and taking care of them in the desert.
And for those who may feel distant in the good times;
1.He worked miracles for you at your lowest. Why not take time to give thanks in the good times? It reminds me of this song;
Mwathani ti makofokofo kwaira bura ukamwikira na riria riua ria neneha ukamwikia machinichini.
Translation: God is not like gumboots that you put on during the rainy season but in the rainy season, you throw him under (the bed)
My kikuyu people I hope I did well in the translation 😂
Anyway, here’s my point; keep nurturing that relationship with God even when things get better. God wants to be with you in the good and bad times. Grow your faith and nurture your relationship with Him at all times.
From personal experience, I Know it may not be perfect but may we strive towards that.
Reminder: God loves you in both times.in the good and bad times. Whether He feels close or distant, His love for you isn’t dependent on your feelings. It’s just who He is. His love is eternal.