Jun 13, 2024 | Articles

We all experience times when we feel distant from God. Even if we read the Word and pray every day, we just can’t find contentment—the peace—that only God can give. So, what can we to do in these situations to draw closer to God?

We can remember that God knows us better than we know ourselves. He is not surprised by our lack of peace. In fact, God knew beforehand that there would be times like these for His children. Even David, a man after God’s own heart, felt anxious and down-hearted. What did he do? He kept on seeking the Lord in every way that he could. He didn’t give up, but kept the faith.

Jeremiah, who was known as the weeping prophet, was afraid to prophesy God’s judgment on the nation of Israel, yet he didn’t run away just because his heart wasn’t in it. Instead, he obeyed God even through his suffering at the hands of those who opposed him.

And of course, we have the prophet who did run away. Jonah did not want to be close to God—he wanted to get as far away as possible, but God came after him and took drastic measures to wake up his wandering heart. Jonah never overcame his unwillingness to prophesy to the city of Nineveh. But God is faithful; He never gave up on using Jonah!

God always knew we would have times in the valley where we feel far away and discontent. But instead of judging and convicting, He responds in mercy and love. He won’t let us stay in that valley for very long. Paul struggled with the thorn in his flesh, but he also learned to be content with it. Paul knew what it was like to have much and to have little. He finally reached an understanding of how to cope with these times. He says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And in II Corinthians 12:9, God says to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul always found contentment in whatever happened to him.

God lives in us as He did in Paul. So, we can rely on His power to keep us strong even when we are in the valley of discontentment.


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