Lent 2012 ~ The Purpose Driven Life, Day 14

The Purpose Driven Life  by Rick Warren

Chapter 14 – When God Seems Distant

Chapter 14 is an uplifting account of Job’s relationship with God.  It documents the tests that Job went through and how he held firm in his faith in God.

The study discusses how God distances himself from us throughout our life, this could be seen as a “test” of our faith.

In honesty I have a problem with this type of “God playing games with us,” mentality.  I have difficulty buying into the feeling that God distances himself for the purpose of our test.  I believe that God honors our relationship with him in a way that he gives us the freedom to be beside him.  If anyone distances in the relationship with God, I am comfortable in believing it is US not God.

None the less….

There are times in life when our relationship with God does seem more distant than other times.  I know when mama was making her journey into the kingdom, I had a much stronger fluid “conversation” with God than I do when things are great.  I think that is natural.

Whatever the real truth here… the fact is, God is always with us, even when he does seem distant.  The distance is however of our making not God’s.

Often times life is difficult, it is during those times that PRAISING God is sometimes difficult.  However in our relationship, the praise is imperative during good or bad times.  During Job’s trials he kept his faith, he kept praising and he remained close to God, even when God seemed distant.

Ways that we may stay close to God is by….

Tell God exactly how you feel.

Focus on WHO God is – his unchanging nature.

Trust God to keep his promises.

Remember what God has already done for you.

I found the last paragraph of this chapter one of the most powerful in the book so far, it reads….

Jesus gave up everything so you could have everything.  He died so you could live forever.  That alone is worthy of your continual thanks and praise.  Never again should you wonder what you have to be thankful for.”

DAY FOURTEEN ~ THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE

Point to Ponder:  God is real, no matter how I feel.

Verse to Remember:  “For God has said, ‘I will never have you; I will never abandon you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5 (TEV)

Question to Consider:  How can I stay focused on God’s presence, especially when he feels distant?

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