“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)
I remember growing up with the classic rotary and push-button phones. This was before caller ID and call waiting that we have today. When we did not want to talk to someone or be bothered, we just was laid the phone off the hook or we just disconnected the phone from wall altogether. Today technology has changed, but we sometimes go through that time when we just want to be alone to just breathe or just recharge. The stresses of life, no matter the situation, sometimes have us needing alone time. My question is, have you ever felt disconnected from the world, or more importantly have you ever felt disconnected from God?
With so many obstacles in this life, I know that many get to a point where they feel that disconnection from God. As Christians, we know how difficult it is to live in the world, but not be of the world. Currently with our country in turmoil right now, our daily routine has been disrupted. For me personally, the one thing that has been an adjustment is online church services. It helps so much to be with like minded people several times a week, not just online. I need that so much, and I am sure I am not alone in this. Has this change affected you, your Bible reading and your prayer life?
There are so many examples in the Bible who felt alone. The first one to come to mind is Noah. Here he is living in a wicked corrupt world and building an ark that took a hundred years to build, while being ridiculed by the people. His faith did not waiver, but do you ever wonder if Noah felt alone especially among all the naysayers. What about Elijah, he felt he was the only one not serving Baal. Even though God was there, he felt so alone, that he wanted to end his life. There are so many examples but let us not forget Jesus when he was on this earth and when he was crucified. He was surrounded by evil men, men that pierced his hands and feet, mocked him, and spat upon him. We cannot forget the words of Jesus while hanging on that cruel cross. “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”. Jesus felt that disconnection from His heavenly Father.
You may feel disconnected from God because you allowed that disconnection to happen. There are things that you can do to reconnect. When is the last time you had a heart to heart with God? Not just recite a prayer to him, but a real heart to heart. If it has been a while, this is a great place to start. What about just getting out and experiencing God’s beauty? I have taken up photography of Gods creation and it really is so relaxing and truly makes me appreciate more of what God has done and provided for us. Read your Bible more. Get into His inspired Word. It is the road map to life and all the examples and instructions are in it. Do not forget to spend time with other believers. When you associate with the world, and if not careful, you can become like the world. I know from personal experience and it can happen before you even know it. Attend ALL services of the church. Especially now, we need encouragement from other Christians that comes in no other way than personally assembling with the saints (Heb. 10:24-25).
Satan loves for Christians to be disconnected to God. He celebrates your “change of heart.” He does not want you to apply the above suggestions. He wants your soul to stay dark. It is in this darkness that he plants the seeds of destruction in your spiritual life. Next thing you know, your soul has grown bitter. Less time with God equals more chaos in your life. Is that what you really want, Christian?
Is being disconnected from God the right decision?