Loved, but don’t feel it?
The hardest thing for a Christian is to know how loved he is and yet not feel it. In my few short years of ministry, perhaps the most gut-wrenching discussions I’ve ever had is to not feel God’s love and presence in that moment.
The Gospel promises a lot of things to the believer and perhaps none so more important than the promise of a true relation with God. Therefore, it is uncompromisingly clear why this has to be the most difficult burden for a Christian. When times are tough, do you see God’s hand in it? When you are facing the waves on the shore, do you feel that God is there to carry you?
As Christmas looms large, this is magnified. When the whole world is screaming “Merry Christmas!”, how shall one respond when in the depths of his being he is not enjoying the joy of his salvation? Now I’m not about to give you the seven steps to be merry for I fear that is not within my faculties to do such. But what I can give is a reminder from Him who said He loved you first.
“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”
– Romans 5:10
I wonder what you are going through right now. If you feel shame, or you feel that it is pathetic that you are going through such. Don’t! The particularity of what you are going through whether they may be trivial to other people is not what matters, because what matters is it is a burden to you. Don’t trivialize your pain, but rather really come face to face with it. Stare at it and see how bleak your situation is. Remember what God says:
“…much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.”
If He was willing to face the cross to save you while you were yet a sinner, now that you are reconciled to Him, do you not believe that He will get you through?
The beautiful thing about our faith is not that you can minimize your problems, or that you would have no problems at all. No. What is great about this is that you can look at your problems head on, see how bleak it is and still have hope because God is now with you. When Jesus said on that cross, “…my God my God, why have you forsaken me?” I believe He said so, so that none of us should ever have to say it again.
Oh believer may you once again drown in the reality of God’s love this Christmas season!