Do you ever feel like God is nowhere around because you can’t see Him acting in your life the way you expect? You are not alone. Many people feel this way from time to time. Throughout the centuries, people have felt this way. King David felt this way, and even Jesus once felt this way. (Psalm 22:1 and Matthew 27:46)
However, just because you might “feel” like God is nowhere around does not mean that He is not presently acting in your life. God loves all of His creation, and He is near to every one of us in so many different ways. You know, you can not actually “see” electricity in your house, but you can experience it in so many ways, like when you turn on the television, when you flip the light switch, or when you cook dinner on the stove. Experiencing God in our lives every day is similar. If you want to see God active in your life every day, you have to activate Him every day. So, what are some ways we can do this?
1. Ask for it.
The first thing you can do each day is ask God to show Himself to you each day. Moses asked God, “Please, show me your glory,” and God answered his request in an amazing way. (Exodus 33:22)
When God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, He led them out into the desert by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. (Exodus 13:21) Why? Because God desires to show Himself to us. He wants us to see His presence in our lives.
Listen to what Jesus says:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11)
2. Look for Him in everything.
Recently, I came across a phrase that said something along the lines of this: “Those who put everything in God’s hand usually see God’s hand in everything.” I believe this with all my heart because I have experienced God’s hand in every part of my life.
When you pray for help, look for it, because God will provide it. It may not be in the form you expect, but He will provide it, and when you see it, acknowledge it as a blessing from God and give Him thanks for it.
You may ask for financial help, and He may give it in various ways. A friend or family member may offer you money. You may win a prize. You may receive an unexpected refund in the mail from you insurance or some other thing. Your help may also come in other forms. You may get offered a job, or someone may offer to pay you for a service that they need.
If you need comfort, ask for it, and look for the various ways that He may provide it. It may come from a familiar family member or friend, but also may come from a stranger. It may come from a child or even a pet. It may come from a song on the radio or a message you read on the Internet.
If you need wisdom or guidance in making an important decision, ask for it, and God will supply it liberally. (James 1:5) Then, keep your eyes open for it. Wisdom may come from a respected and familiar elder. It may come from an expert on television. It may come to you out of the blue when you are not even thinking about it.
3. Read His Word
I personally believe that the number one place to look for God’s love, comfort, strength and wisdom is His Holy Word. The Bible is packed with so many people going through situations similar to your own. When you read about these and see God’s hand in their lives, it shows you how God can also work in your own life.
Additionally, the Bible is teeming in words of wisdom and comfort for everything you need, whether it be about finances, loss of loved ones, difficult situations, loneliness, overcoming your demons, and so much more.
Read God’s Word regularly. God’s Word is so packed with all the answers that we need, and we miss out on all this when we refuse to read it. Spend time in His word, become acquainted with God, and you will be so surprised and touched at how His word will reveal His love and presence to you.
The Bible will:
–Give you wisdom, rejoice your heart, and enlighten your eyes. (Psalm 19:7-11)
–Direct your steps like a flash light at night, or “lamp to your feet.” (Psalm 119:105)
–Profit you, reprove and correct your wrongdoing, instruct you in righteousness, and thoroughly equip you for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16, 17)
4. Look for God in your circumstances
King David could not see the wrong he was doing until the prophet Nathan came to him telling him a story about a man in the kingdom whose lamb was stolen and killed (II Samuel, chapter 12). God will often reveal His guidance, correction, and comfort to us through circumstances.
I personally have experienced difficult situations only to gain insight and comfort from it. Often, it is difficult circumstances that will bring us much closer to God and allow us to see Him acting in our lives.
The disciples would never have seen Jesus miraculously calm a storm if they had not first gone through the storm (Mark 4:36-41). When you go through hard times, look around you because God may be using your circumstances to reveal Himself, His love, comfort and power to you.
5. Look for God through others
Sometimes God reveals His love to us through others. One day I was in a local department store during a time in my life when I was enduring a very heartbreaking ordeal. Suddenly, a lady approached me, saying, “Hey, Karen!” I turned to see a former co-worker who I had not seen in quite some time. She started asking me how thing were going. I didn’t tell her about my problems. I just replied, “Fine.” However, she hugged me and said, “I love you Karen.” She said it so genuinely and sincere like she had some magical insight into my life. I truly believe God used her that day to provide the comfort that He knew I needed.
5. Look for God in messages
Every day I receive daily e-mails from God’s Minute devotional message website . I can not count the many times that these brief messages centered around God’s word have uplifted me. Sometimes, it feels like these messages are sent directly to me from God because they often focus on situations that I am specifically experiencing in my life.
Just recently, something had happened in our family that brought us a great amount of sorrow. As I was driving down the road with a heavy heart, I passed by a church with the following message on its outside sign:
“Jesus is where your sorrows turn to joy.”
It was such a simple statement, yet it touched my heart greatly because I believe that God reveals Himself to us where ever we are and in whatever situation we are in, if we would just simply look for Him there.
As stated in the article above, God will reveal Himself to us in whatever place and situation we are in, but we have to keep our eyes and hearts open to seeing Him. There are people who will say, “Oh, these are just coincidences.” How would you like to offer help to someone and their response is “That means nothing”? Wouldn’t it offend you? When we chalk God’s presence in our life up to coincidences, we are slapping God’s love right back into His face.
God loves us each and everyone, and it is His will to reveal His presence to us in everything. When you learn to seek His presence and find it, be sure to acknowledge it and to thank Him for revealing Himself to you.