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God Keeps His Word

And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 8:23

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A few years ago, Pew Research did a survey to find out what Americans mean when they say they believe in God. Although they found that a majority of people (56% to be exact) said they believe in God as described in the Bible, only 28% said they talk to God and that God talks to them, while almost twice as many (47%) said they talk to God but that God does not talk to them.1 The thing about statistics is that they always portray numerically what many of us already know experientially. And these statistics are no exception. So many of us say we believe in God, we affirm his existence, we trust what Scripture tells us about him, and yet, we still find ourselves feeling disconnected from him.

Our lives are complicated and, too often, chaotic. We’re daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, wives. We’re students, teachers, lawyers, artists, politicians, doctors, CEOs. Our day-to-day lives pull us in what feels like a hundred different directions, from late nights at the office, to weekends spent chauffeuring kids, to trying our best to be the world’s greatest aunt/boss/sister/girlfriend. Even so, the world continues to turn, rolling out so many hashtags, campaigns, social causes, cries for justice, we can hardly keep up. And while we do our best to manage our hundred-miles-an-hour lives, so many of us do so looking forward to the rest we hope we’ll find at the other side of one more deadline or promotion, one more bake sale or booster club meeting, one more blind date or pound lost.

This is, after all, what it means to live in the twenty-first century, or so we tell ourselves. And while that may be true, our longing for rest, our longing for stability, for something we can depend on, someone we can trust, is as old as time. So, we do what so many Christians have done before us. We pray. We reach out to God—the God we believe in, the God of the Bible—only to find ourselves on the wrong end of a statistic, on one end of what can feel like a chasm of universal proportions.

It’s one of the ironies of life that it’s in the midst of the hard moments, when we feel most disconnected from God, that we’re led to ask the deep questions of faith. Questions like, “Are you there, God? Are you working in the world? Do you keep your word?” The same questions that have been asked by countless generations before us.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to unpack these questions as we study the covenants we find in Scripture. And as we look at how God has worked in the world and in the lives of his people, we’ll be reminded once again that not only is God there, but more importantly, he is here—with us, always present and always working in our world and in our lives.

1 “When Americans Say They Believe In God, What Do They Mean?,” Pew Research Center, Pew Research,April 23, 2018, https://www.pewforum.org/2018/04/25/when-americans-say-they-believe-in-god-what-do-they-mean/04-25-18_beliefingod-00-00/.

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Is there an area of your life—work, home, school, family, relationships, health—where you feel disconnected from God? Is there an area where you desperately need God to show up?

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My teaching. I work with high schoolers, and so many of them feel so broken right now due to poverty and/or trauma. I want them to see the light of the Lord through me, but I’m often bogged down with the work and stress. I worry I have missed too many opportunities to just be with them and let them tell me what they need to tell me.

I felt disconnected from God for years in my marriage. However, recently He is moving in amazing ways. He has brought down walls in both of us, most I didn’t even realize were there. Not only is our marriage growing stronger, but I see spiritual growth happening in each of us as we become more connected with Him.

Yes, in all aspects of my life. I feel pulled in so many different directions and don’t make time for God in my life. I need to show up and put God first!

I feel disconnected from God and feel I have been in a static area for the past 11 years in bed 80 to 100%. I am up a little more these days, but I feel I’m really haven’t made any progress and that my health really has not improved. I had a punishing God and now I’m trying to have a loving God. I believe my faith am I trusting God is gaining each and every day. I feel really worn out trying to find doctors that can truly help me and want to help me. I have asked God to please continuously heal my body. I am pretty much in bed and the last two weeks I was in bed 90 to 95% with pain, chronic fatigue and six autoimmune diseases and trying to recover from a major neck operation in October and a lower back operation in August 2020. God just blessed me by putting my son, my daughter-in-law and my two grandkids back together three weeks ago. They left me and I moved down here to half years ago because I was so ill and they did not understand and I was not dependable. I pray that God will leave me to the correct doctors who can find the right medication‘s, nutrition programs and medication‘s to help her all these diseases into remission and to read me of constant pain from head to toe. I am allergic to so many medication‘s, that I don’t even know where to go from here. God please help me . I pray that I may feel you in my heart and my soul that you are truly here with me. Thank you

For me it’s community and my work… I feel like I’m stuck in a really silent season of no drive at work or to pursue community and I don’t hear Gods voice in anything that I’m putting work into right now. It’s discouraging and leaves me wondering if I’m in the wrong place, city, job, everything… I feel really lost in those areas in my disconnection from God.

Disconnected: work. I move about my fast past job to only at the end of the day realize I have not invited God to take part.

Show up: relationship with my mother. She struggles with anxiety and depression. I pray in faith that one day she is free of this bondage of fear.

I never thought life circumstances would cause me to feel disconnected from God….I’ve been able to stay near Him and cry out to him and worship him through hard times….but this past March…just 3 months ago , my only sibling, my 39 year old brother had a stroke, then there were things the hospital did wrong that lead to his death. My parents and I were there fighting and praying and believing and seeing improvements then something else would happen to take steps backwards. We followed God’s Word and lead to pray, worship, believe his healing , etc…. But God still chose to take him. The day I lost my brother I also lost my mother. She’s an emotional and mental mess and my dad is waiting to find out if his body can handle a liver transplant. They live 12 hours from me as well. I know God tells us we will have trials and of course everyone will die….but this situation and how it played out went against all we believed in his word and in him. Having a hard time coming before him and crying out to him and trusting him because I feel like he didn’t keep his promises in his word.

My heart hurts for you! You and your family have been through so very much. I pray that you will feel the Lord’s presence in such a real, personal, and powerful way, and in such a gentle way as well. Blessings to you, my dear Sister-in-Christ.
Kathryn

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