“Can you be close to God when you’re not suffering?”
This is one of the most common questions I get after I speak.
I understand that worry. I’ve faced it myself. It can seem that sufferers get the inside track on intimacy with God, joining an exclusive club that no one else can enter. I have even found myself half wishing for trials so my walk could be deeper.
Yet trials are not the only way to meet the Lord. They are not the only way to grow. Suffering is not the only way to have the abundant life God offers us.
But in some respects, it’s the easiest way.
When I am suffering, there is nothing else to think about but God. I am drawn to Him in incalculable ways. I see my need for Him with every breath. But when everything is going well, it’s more of a struggle to see God.
But I must remember that God ordains my days and gives me exactly what I need. He purposefully shapes me through all of my experiences. So when He is showering blessings, I should enjoy them and be content. In abundance and in need. In plenty and in want.
In both trials and joys, God can be found.
He says so in His Word. And in His Word He says simply that we need to call upon him. Draw near to Him. Seek Him.
I can do that in both good times and bad times. But in the bad times, God is all I have to hold onto. In the good times, I can feel like time with God is something else on my to-do list.
God is not changed by my circumstances. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Only my perceived need of Him changes.Continue Reading