Repent (because I know He never leaves me, but I'm tempted to stray from Him).
Call a Christian friend, who invariably will either pray with me or encourage me in some way. Sometimes, just making contact with another Believer will boost one's Spiritual strength.
Pick up the Bible and just read.
Pray for Him to draw me closer.
Go to church.
Sometimes, if I'm in a doubting mood or rebellious, I don't do anything! Or I just try to ignore Him or hide. Which really does no good. That's when HE calls on me. Be it chastisement or just reminders of His promises, there's no avoiding His power forever.
I asked my friends this same question last night, and got a variety of answers very similar to yours! Funny, the guys (2) both agreed that they are more likely to ignore God until the point of frustration where they feel so distant that they become really hungry to be near Him again. The girls (3) were more likely to either call a friend or read the Bible.
Myself, I can't read the Bible when I feel far from Him. I have to pray, even when it feels like He can't hear me. Ignoring Him, as you said, doesn't work out so well. It really just weighs on my heart, even more than not being near Him.
This is not meant in offense, however, my original question clearly states that this question is meant for Christians to answer. In theology, we believe that all things were created in and through Jesus Christ, therefore He, as a member of the Trinity, most definitely had a hand in creation.
If I had meant the question for people of all religions to answer, I would have not said "Christians." Thanks for your input, perhaps I should make an additional question for you to repost your answers in.
To get a little closer to God, praying is good, time alone seeking the nearness of God. Reading the Scriptures, seeking His Word, meditating on his Word, memorizing His Word. Christian fellowship is great, being near His Children, loving one another is loving God.
Though I no longer consider myself to be a "Christian"...
When I feel distant from God. I reach out with my emotions, praying in my way, until I feel again connected with God.
Sometimes what makes me feel connected is a sign from God.
Sometimes that sign is a person that gives me a hug, or a ride home, or both. Sometimes the sign is a beautiful sight that is to me breathtaking. Sometimes it is a gentle breeze that makes me feel loved, at peace, and a part of Mother Earth.
Sometimes the sign is a swift kick in the butt that tells me to stop being a crybaby and carry-on.
When I feel distant from God it is because I have gotten so immersed in the trivial tasks of life here that I lose my balance. So, I have to break myself away to someplace quiet and listen to the inner dimension of silence. Which is not silent at all. When I stop the world from spinning around in my mind and stop paying attention to the world and look inside the realm of my spirit I find that I was not distant from God, I was just preoccupied. And then I see that it was me, not God who wandered off.
Amen flightkeeper, being distant from God is really uncomfortable. I almost think that's why it happens. To push us to seek Him more, so we reach that comfort level with Him. Then again, the "comfort level" really is quite elusive--probably again, on purpose!
Baileybear, You have made a good point. I just do works for me. In a situation which you have stated above, it is best to say the name of Jesus. There is power when we call on the name of Jesus and this is how one can recieve a breakthrough. God is always there, even in the times in our lives when we feel distant from him.
Baileybear, I agree with Woman of Courage. In those times that I feel so depressed, lonely and sick, I simply call on the name of Jesus. It may not seem like something that makes sense, yet when the Bible says, "Those who call upon the Lord shall be saved", I think this doesn't just refer to eternal salvation, but rather day-to-day life, in which we will be saved from loneliness, depression, and the like. Interesting points, both of you--Baileybear and Woman of Courage.
I find this is pretty normal in my Christian walk. I go through peaks and valleys of feeling close to or distant from God. Unfortunately, I usually feel the closest to God when I am experiencing a crisis. When life is going well, I probably get too complacent. I just continue to go to church and fellowship with other believers, regardless of how I am feeling.
When I am feeling distant from Him, I ask myself why. And then I ask Him to help me to get out of myself, to break the hold by focusing on someone elses need. If there is one thing that distances me from Him, it is ME. My ego, my selfish desire, my need for attention and my feelings. They are all valid, but, after I lay down on my bed and talk to Him. (my prefered place) When we focus on someone else's needs, and not for money or glory, but for Him. We will not even realise that wow, that feels wonderful, spiritual, and for that timebeing, was not worried about my own crap. That is when I thank Him.Continue seeking spiritual progress. Today God, I wont worry about my small problems and issues, even though they feel HUGE. Please put someone in my path that I can love and help today. Please release me from this bondage of myself. Thank You Father
If someone wants to talk about a bondage that has them hurting or anything they want to discuss, I will listen to them. Just as some of my close freinds and God listen to mine. Getting out of ourself and being released from the "bondage of ourself" is not focusing on someone elses bondages, it is just being unselish. Self-less and humble, I found, helps to be closer to Him. Whether it is listening to someone else's problems or helping someone move, volunteering somewhere, etc. We are not perfect and never will be. Progress not perfection. God is awesome! He is our trength.
David wrote a lot of psalms that started out what we would call dark. By the end of the psalm he would always be praising the Lord. He wrote at least one time that he encoureges himself in the Lord by remembering what the Lord did for him before.
Through trials and tribulations comes growth. Our roots would not grow deep and take hold if we did not experience uncomfortable and unpleasant things. Living life on lifes terms helps us to develope character and patience. When we pray for Him to help us get through difficult times, He may see helping us in a different light.
To be distant from the Creator-God is to be in hell as nearness to Him is heaven.Jesus always tried to be close to the Creator-God whom he used to say God-the-Father. Jesus did not believe in any Trinity; he only believed in One-True-God. Trinity was coined later by the Church to confuse the Christians; it has nothing to do with Jesus.
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