How God’s Silence Will Make You Feel Abandoned

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Daily Reading: Deuteronomy 2 GW; John 19 GW; Psalms 22 GW

God’s silence causes us to believe our lies.

Think about the last time you sat in silence.  No T.V. playing, no radio, complete silence, what happens to you?  When nothing is distracting us, we create space to think.  Thoughts have the power to mislead us down rabbit trails.  When we don’t think God is listening to us, the places our mind goes typically isn’t good.  We have to learn to ground ourselves in reality instead of getting lost in our heads.

Just because you may feel alone doesn’t mean you are alone.  Everyone you know and love is with you, even if not physically present. Spiritual connection exists outside the physical existence.  I’ve learned, even those who have gone to heaven are still part of my life.  Everywhere I go, I carry them with me.  God doesn’t abandon us; He is always with us.  

“Where shall I go from your Spirit?

    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!”

(Psalm 139:7-8 ESV)

Wherever you are, so is God.

On my first business trip to New York City years ago, I felt abandoned.  For some reason, I couldn’t imagine God in NYC.  I’ll never forget standing in the aisle of the airplane, waiting to deplane.  My cell phone rang, the caller I.D. showed, “Frank Shirley,” the church’s assistant pastor.  He knew my angst at traveling.  When I answered, I’ll never forget his words. 

“Beth, I just wanted to call and remind you, God is in New York too.”  

God is wherever you are.  Don’t let silence make you believe a lie.  God will never abandon you.  Connection exists through Jesus.

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Praise Jesus; You are with us.  Wherever we are, so are You.  Forgive us for believing the lies our minds tell us.  In all things, let us see the truth.  Remind us when we’re feeling alone that we aren’t.  Just because people are living their lives doesn’t mean they’ve abandoned us.  Today Lord, remind us of how loved we are.  How You will never leave us, You are always with us.  All glory is Yours.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

How have you felt abandoned lately?

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