Have you ever felt something one day only to not feel it another? Perhaps you have loved something when you bought it, but over time your feelings changed. Feelings are fleeting; they come and go at will and are often dependent on circumstances. Yet, it is not a requirement to feel something for it to be real.
We do not feel the pull of gravity holding us to the earth, nor its holding the earth in rotation around the sun, but it is always there. Without it, everything would be drifting–forever lost in space.
The same holds true of God’s presence. It does not depend upon our feeling it to be there. If we rely on feelings, they become an enemy of faith. We begin to doubt simply because we do not feel. But faith resides in knowing and trusting. Feelings simply depend upon an emotional response.
Gravity is a force that can not be seen directly with the eye. The proof of its presence is the effect it has on the things around it. God’s presence is also an invisible force. The proof of His presence is found in the change in our hearts and lives.
In His word, God tells us multiple times that He will never leave us nor forsake us. When Jesus came, He echoed the message that He would always be with us. However, we can still do things that make it difficult to hear Him, either by unconfessed sin, lack of time spent in conversation with Him or self-absorption. We may not always hear Him, but His words are always there. So it is with His presence. It does not matter what we feel at the moment, God’s truth is that He is with us at all times.
Just as gravity is what holds our feet to the earth we walk, Christ holds us to the Father. As His child, nothing can separate us. So at times when you do not feel His presence, hold to the truth of His words. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” You can rest assured, knowing that you are not drifting alone.