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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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The one area I feel particularly disconnected from God is in my work. I work in corporate America and I long for more fulfilling work. I’ve been in auto-pilot in this area for many years. God, I pray that you can breathe new life into this area of my life. I pray that your will can be done for how you want me to spend my career. I pray that I can show your love to others through my work. I pray that you can sustain me and I can accept whatever changes come to pass. I pray that I can discern and feel your will at work in my life. Amen <3

work. i feel so guilty for building my business and wanting to scale it to new heights. I’ve been told by members of my church that being my own boss and setting my own pay is "anti-Christian." I’ve been reprimanded by setting boundaries that were assumed to have been for the progress of my business instead of going on church retreats. I feel guilty for working for money and as though anything besides prayer, worship, giving to the homeless, serving to check the box is evil.

Family Life Ministry has a Weekend To Remember to help spouses connect with each other and with God . I recommend it .

I’m struggling with abandonment from my family. God has been the sword and it’s been painful to accept.
I need God to show me how to endure. This pain is affecting me physically with gripping anxiety and grief.

I don’t think there’s an area of my life that I have ever really felt disconnected from God. He’s done too many miracles for me and my family to confirm His presence to ever feel that way. But I do want more. I want to move into a greater understanding of who He is and who He wants me to be in His power. I’m still trusting for Him to move on behalf of two of my children who are not actively serving Him at this time.

Jennie, I want to say that I love your passion for Him. It’s truly contagious. From the moment I watched your first introductory video several years ago when you started up IF:Equip, I was mesmerized by the Father’s heart that was clearly echoed in your words and that passion has not waned. Keep going. He’s using you to be a great encouragement and faith builder in so many people. You are indeed a voice for this current generation. 🙂

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!

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