When God Seems Distant

We have a bit of a dilemma when considering our relationship with God – how to establish and grow a connection with someone who is invisible to our eyes.  Because we can’t see Him It is easy to imagine that He is distant, in some far away part of space, and it seems ridiculous to imagine that the Creator of the universe would be interested in our little lives. 

It is a revelation to read in the Bible that God is not only near to us but part of the very fabric of our lives.  The apostle Paul gave a famous speech on Mars Hill in Athens in which he said

“. . . He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:27-28, NKJV)

This seems to say that God’s power keeps us alive and moving.  Other passages confirm this.  In Job we read that

“If He should gather to Himself His Spirit and His breath, All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.” (Job 34:14-15, NKJV)

Elsewhere we read that God knows our thoughts, He knows our hearts, even the “very hairs of your head are all numbered”, Jesus said.

It is one thing to be “physically” near to God in that way, and quite another to enter into a close relationship with Him. The parable of the Prodigal Son recorded in Luke 15 illustrates how we can begin to achieve this.  Having wasted all his inheritance on “riotous living” in a far country the son find himself penniless and starving.  He decides to go back home and offer his humble service to his father.  As he approaches the family home the father sees him a long way off and runs to meet him, welcoming him home with a kiss. 

The father in the parable represents God. The lesson from it is put into words by James in his letter.  He writes

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8, NKJV)

God is waiting for us to make that first move to come to Him so He can in turn show us the love which He has for us.