After you raged, cried, and questioned God about the crisis you’re facing, you may want to run back to Him seeking the comfort you’ve known in the past. You want to be reassured of His presence and care.
You want to remember and own the truths He has taught you in your journey.
Now you’ve hit this huge mountain, and you may be having difficulty finding God in the roar of doubt in your ear. You may hear confusion and questions, your own anger, and your struggle to control it or your hurt and bitterness.
Here are some ways to seek His face- pro-actively. It’s all up to you; He was always there, waiting.
FIND A QUIET PLACE IN HIS PRESENCE
When I was recovering from breast cancer surgery and was facing the prospect of chemo and radiation I experienced all of the emotions like those above. My head was full of the “what ifs”. I battled to hear God over my own negative, fearful thoughts.
There were many things calling and shouting my name. Fears for my family were the loudest. So – I went outside to the gardens. In my back yard, we have a little screen house right in the midst of the flowers and trees. I could sit quietly resting and watch God’s own gifts of nature around me. The birds and chipmunks and other critters could not see me behind the screen.
Stepping away from the busy-I-ness of the day and the noise of your routine and into a soothing, quiet place will bring you into God’s presence more easily.
It was solace for my soul when I found God there, waiting, and whispering lovingly in my ear. I healed physically and spiritually. Another place may be that comfort for you. Seek it out.
WHISPER SCRIPTURE AND SONG
“Oh How Sweet to Trust in Jesus”!, “Amazing Grace”, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “Sweet Hour of Prayer” are truly lullabies to bring you restful sleep. If you are too young to know those hymns, you probably know some new, worshipful songs you can substitute. (Drops in the Ocean by Hawk Nelson, Cornerstone by Hillsong.) Close your eyes while you listen, or hum the songs. God brings peace in those whispers.
Then remember his promises from His word: “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us…” I John 3:1, “…that He gave His only begotten son…” John 3:16, “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” Psalm 33:18,”Cast your burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee…” Psalm 55:22. His presence will become more and more real as you listen to the comforting words.
Do you feel to heart-broken and despondent to utter praise to God? I was advised not many years ago to simply repeat the name of Jesus when praying. When the words won’t come but your heart is speaking volumes, how comforting to hear that word – and how willing He is to hear it! When you want the comfort of a friend, the compassion of a savior and healer, or a hiding place call:
“Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
When you need wisdom for decisions, the word may be Father. Cry out to Him as you would your own earthly papa: “Father, Father, Father”! It is confirming praise to the God who loves you and guides you, and can give you peace in hearing the sound of His name spoken right from your heart.
CRY IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
There is no shame or weakness in crying. God’s own heart weeps with yours. You know from His word that your tears are precious to Him. When you can’t speak the words that express your feelings, let the tears fall. They tell the story. God knows your pain and fear. Tears are cleansing. Let them wash over your emotions.
“You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8 (David)
God bless you in your recovery and in re-gaining the assurance you can have in Christ Jesus!
April Boyer (c) July 8, 2016 All Rights Reserved