Q: Sometimes I feel like God isn’t with me. Even during tough times, I feel alone. Why do I feel like this, and how can I make sure God is with me?
A: In Jeremiah 29:13, it says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” A lot of the time, we do not feel the presence of God because we are not seeking His presence. You may be so wrapped up in the stresses of school, your family life, or your social life that you aren’t giving enough of your time to God. By making time in your schedule for prayer and devotion, you’re making time to be in the presence of God and you will find that the more you do so, the more you will feel that God is with you.
Sometimes God allows us to go through trials and tribulations to test our faith. In the story of Job, God let him endure terrible things and Job did feel very alone. Through all of it, even when he felt like God was not with him, he fell on the ground and worshiped (Job 1:20-21). This is such a great example of how, as believers, we need to hold fast to our faith that God will never forsake us.
Whenever you feel alone, remember Job and how God was always watching over him. It may be very hard to keep the faith, but in tough times it is even more important that we read the word or God and spend time in prayer. In the end, God will reward us for our great faith and trust in Him, just like he did with Job.
The Israelites also endured very tough times in Egypt. They doubted God even though He saved them countless times. Even when you lose your faith, like the Israelites did, God still shows up for you. You may not always understand what His hands are doing (or lack thereof) in your life, but it is always for your benefit. In the long run, you will see just how faithful God really is.
Spending time praying, listening to worship music, and reading the Bible instead of watching TV, listening to worldly music, or other unnecessary activities will help you be in the presence of God. Even if it is just for a couple of minutes throughout your day, you will feel the difference in your spirit. God is always with you, even when your back is turned to Him because you are His greatest creation and He loves you endlessly. All you have to do is turn back toward Him.