Summary: “What to do When God Disappears” There are three things you can do.
“What to do When God Disappears”
August 2, 2009
God had disappeared – or so it must have seemed to David. He was the one who had sat under the night stars with his sheep and communed with God. With the starry host overhead by night and the meadows filled with flowers and romping lambs, God must have seemed very near. God had helped him kill a lion and a bear with just a club. He had helped him kill a giant twice his size with just a sling. David knew what it was to have a close relationship with God. But now he was the king – or the “king in waiting” and with everything going on – he had lost that sweet presence of Almighty God. Listen to his lament.
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
“I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?" Psalm 42:9
Have you ever felt like King David? Have you ever felt alone and abandoned by God? Have you ever felt like God had disappeared and was nowhere to be found? Have you ever felt like God had shut the doors of heaven and no longer heard your prayers and no longer was blessing you?
If King David went through that trial – don’t you think all of us at one time or another will have to go through it, too? I think this is one of the most disturbing of our trials or tests. Sometimes ‘abandonment’ from God comes because of sin. Sin separates us from God. The Bible says,
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
The first thing we need to do when we feel God has left us is to do a thorough inventory of our souls to see if sin has crept into our lives. If it has – we need to repent and continue on our way. But sometimes God seems to disappear and we have done nothing wrong. In fact, we have done everything right. This seems to be what King David is going through. Remember Job? (Job 1) He didn’t do a thing wrong to bring all his trouble on himself. God just allowed him to be tested for a season. It seemed it was to prove to Satan what a good and faithful man Job was. How about Jesus, Himself? On the cross He prayed in anguish, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46)
Sin will separate us from God and His blessings and presence – but if we pass the test and there is no rebellion in our hearts and lives, then what do we do? We continue on. First of all, we continue to place our hope in Jesus.
King David said, “Put your hope in God.” Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him.” (Job 13:15)
The biblical definition of hope is: “The trusting expectation that God will keep His word.”
What that means to us is that we need to continue to “expect and trust” that God will do what He says He will do. We need to expect and trust that we will come through this trial. We need to expect and trust that God loves us and DOES hear our prayer. We need to expect and trust that God will open the doors of heaven once again – and bless us.