His Present Absence

28 Sep

His Present Absence…

There are times in our walks when we sense God’s presence, His blessings, His favor, His love, and His moving. And there are other times when we don’t. He seems to be far away. His presence seems withdrawn.

You don’t hear Him talking or feel that joy or assurance. You wonder what happened. If you’re in His will, consider this: The Lord spent several years with His disciples. Then He left them. He had to.

Otherwise the Spirit wouldn’t have come, the disciples wouldn’t have gone forth and matured, and changed the world. Sometimes the Lord has to withdraw, but not His love, not His grace, or favor, not even His presence, but the signs of His presence and the feelings which surround it.

He does this not because He doesn’t love you but because He does – so that you can grow in faith, in hope, in perseverance, in ministry, in your calling.

The next time you don’t feel God, don’t panic, but step out. There’s something for you to rise to. It is time for you to graduate and to go forth as His disciple.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-12

Whether you feel His presence today or not – rejoice in the Lord and take a step to move forward in spiritual maturity and victory.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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