For When You Feel Far From God

I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before.

I feel so far away from God.

Those were the years where I went far from God.

My friend, he’s just so far from God right now.

Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable.

Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track.

By Holly Marlin

By Holly Marlin

It dawned on me recently that

we can’t be far from God.

I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you feel far from God, guess who moved?” as if to imply that we’ve chosen a path that causes God to stand still as we walk away.

God does not do that.

God does not stand still and watch us leave.

It is in our nature to walk away, to run away, to hide.

It is in God’s nature to pursue.

He never leaves.

Romans 8:38-39 says For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing can separate us.

God’s love, His presence, is closer to us than our own skin. Nothing in present or the future (realize it doesn’t say past: that’s because God chose not to remember our past), no person or entity, even our death can separate us from the love of God.

Just try leaving Him behind.

You can’t.

Embrace that truth today. Although in your heart you may feel forgotten, shameful, even convicted,


And there’s nothing you can do to change that.


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7 thoughts on “For When You Feel Far From God

  1. YES! YES! and YES!! Anne I love this. God is ALWAYS with us, even when we feel far from Him. This post makes me thinking of an ongoing conversation I’ve been in with a friend recently about the commonly made statement that God turned His back on Christ on the cross. I’ve taken a lot of exception at it lately because I’m not so sure I believe that to be true anymore even though I used to teach it myself. Thanks for this reminder today. LOVE!!

  2. It should be more like, “if you feel far from God, guess which feelings are lying to you.”

    Or, maybe, the answer is, “the father of lies moved closer to you.”

    Nah, I prefer the first one.

    This should be posted far and wide! You and the Holy Spirit did it again, Anne!!!

  3. Thank you so much for this encouraging message. It reminds me of that wonderful passage in Psalm 139:9-10 “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” How faithful is our God always there, always constant.