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Why don't we feel God's love
Hurting is natural
We all hurt, that's pretty obvious. Getting in arguments, feeling empty, thinking that you fell short of who you could of been is a daily occurrence. It's natural to get hurt. After all, we are living in a broken world that's filled with much worse things than we deal with.
In this article I want to discuss how Christians feel hurt in relation to God.
Where are You, God?
As Christians, who believe in a God who created us, loves us, and sent His son to die for us, it can be pretty discouraging to go through hurt and suffering. But it's a thousand times harder when you don't feel like God is there with you. It hurts. It feels like God has abandoned you when you needed Him most. You feel like He is only with you in the good and easy times, but you try to remind yourself that God is with you in the hardest times, you just can't see it. It's easy to tell yourself that, but so much harder to believe it. In the hardest the of my life, I want to hear God's booming voice, His gentle hands, His loving Spirit come down and just hold me. But I usually don't feel that.
Does God not love me that much?
Does He want to see how I do on my own?
Well, I have a theory. In the Bible there's the story of Job. It's a story about how Satan comes to God and challenges God. Satan wants to Job's life hard and try to get him to deny God. God believed that Job would be faithful to Him, so He accepted Satan's challenge.
Now Job was a rich man with many children who had families of their own. Satan decided to destroy his riches first. He killed all of Job's animals and crops, but Job still praised God. So Satan decided to hit him a second time. All of Job's children were at the eldest's house for a feast, when suddenly a great wind came and destroyed the house, causing it to crush all of Job's children. But somehow Job still loved God and was faithful to Him. That's all I'm going to talk about regarding Job, but it has a happy ending.
Just think about what's going through Job's head. He was faithful to God, and all that terrible stuff happened to him. The passage doesn't say that God came down and talked with Job after his children died. Instead, Job talked with his friends. So God didn't talk to him? When all that pain and suffering was happening God didn't hit the pause button and come down to comfort Job? We do have hard times in life, but few of us have it as hard as Job did.
Okay, so here's what's up.
God uses pain, suffering, trials, and hurt to test us and help us turn to Him. You see, we don't always feel God in the suffering because He is testing us. He's there with us, for sure, but He wants to see us grow. 1 Peter 5:10 says "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." God is using our hardships to show us our need of Him. Because we need Him. That's obvious.
Think about it. In the situations where we don't see God, we look for Him. We stop taking Him for granted, and we run after Him with everything we've got, because He's the only thing in our life that won't fail us. In the hardships, when things are falling apart what do we do? We find the very being that never fails. And that's what we all need to know. That God of the universe sees us in the hurt, in the pain, and uses the very thing that's hurting us to point us to Him. The loving Father that will grab us with both hands and dive into the darkness with us.