Feeling Distant from God?

Have you ever had those moments where it felt like God wasn't there? Or that your relationship with Him was becoming distant and you could no longer feel Him in your life like you once did and things were not how they used to be when you first gave your heart to God? If you're feeling this way it's because God wants to have sincere fellowship with you. That's Him tugging on your heart telling you that's how He's feeling about your relationship with Him. He loves us so much and desires to spend time with us.

Here are possible reasons that you are feeling distant from God and ways you can begin feeling His presence again in your life.

1. You have the wrong focus.
One of the reasons you could be feeling at a stand still with God is because you've become more focused on pursuing riches and success and less time focusing on God's will in your life. I went through a stage where I was more focused on how could I become successful, that I missed the whole point and became distracted and I forgot my main purpose in life is to give God glory and seek His will over my life, not my own. And success can come in many forms, it's not through money or having a great career, success is pleasing the Father and doing His will He has for our lives. If we become too busy chasing our rewards here on earth, then we began to make the things of this world higher than the things of God, and we become slaves to earthly success, showing where our heart is. The Bible tells us to store our treasures up in heaven because those are the rewards that will last for an eternity.

Matthew 6:19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

So if we are finding ourselves concerned with success (or finding a spouse, bills or any other thing), we need to go back to God and ask Him to place His desires in our hearts, because nothing on this earth will satisfy us if we are not in His will. We must serve God first of all, we cannot serve both God and money-Matthew 6:24.

Not to say we can't have success here on earth, but we should walk in the will of God and pursue Him first. If we are too focused on gaining riches that is a sure way for the enemy to use those desires and draw us away from God. Instead we should focus on God and seek Him for what He wants us to do in our lives.

Also being focused on all that's wrong in the world can be another distraction, and seeing that there is so much wrong in this world could also be another thing weakening our faith. Instead of focusing on the wrong we must focus on God's goodness and ways that we can help better the world, even if it's just through small things and showing others kindness, it makes a difference. The world is fallen and getting crazier by the day because sin corrupted it, we must keep our mind on heavenly things, which will in turn strengthen our faith and give us hope.

2. You have habitual sin in your life.
John 9:31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

According to the verses above we should be living lives that are not corrupted by sin, that means we shouldn't be willfully practicing sin. If we are in outright rebellion against God through sin, then we make no room for His light to effectively shine in us. Light and darkness can not dwell together in the same place. In order for our prayers to have any merit or power we must turn away from sin or anything that displeases God, this goes for what we do, what we say and even what we watch on TV or on the internet. If it's going against God's will, we more than likely shouldn't be watching it.

A life of sin creates a blockage between us and God, removing sin from our lives creates the pathway for us to have a pure and closer relationship to God.

The good news about God is that He is faithful to forgive us of our sins, as long as we repent, turn to Him and leave our sinful ways behind.

James 5:15 If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

3. You're not turning to Him.
When test and trials come we should run to God for our strength instead of running to others first. It's perfectly fine to ask others to pray for you and for words of wisdom, but we should ultimately be getting our source from God.

In order for Him to really be our comforter and strength, we'll have to go through life's challenges for Him to show himself as such, but we have to remember to go to HIM for Him to be able to act in that role.

If God feels far away it could be because you're not going to Him, but instead going to others or even sin for that comfort. We can't let people or things replace the role that God is supposed to be in our lives. If we draw near to God, He'll draw near to us. We must set aside time to spend with Him and delight being in His presence and getting into His Word. God is worthy to be praised. Let's make Him our first love.

I pray that as the body of Christ we can be pleasing to God, without spot or wrinkle on His return. As the world grows darker may His light grow brighter within us. I pray that God lead us into His ways and that we won't be corrupted by the world, but let our hope, joy and strength be in the Lord and in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Love and happiness, 



  1. Last year I felt like this! And you are right on all three points. What I found was that God never moved, I did.

    1. "What I found was that God never moved, I did."

      Wow your statement rings so true to my own experiences. God is always faithful, and He keeps drawing us. He's so great. Thanks for your comment and glad to see you back blogging again. God bless!


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