I am pretty sure He is not listening to me. Maybe God is taking a nap; he did invent the Sabbath! Maybe He is tired of all of my whining, complaining, and asking for copious amounts of money so I can go live in the middle of nowhere and be completely off-grid. I am just not feeling “it” today.
How often do you feel like this? You are going about your day and you do not “feel the love”.
It is very dangerous to start to entertain this type of thinking. In fact, staying on this level of thinking will cripple your faith. You might as well be an atheist (just kidding). There are several reasons why we might be thinking that God has abandoned us….
Boredom---When you do the same thing over and over, you get bored. Sometimes you have to mix things up spiritually because what you are doing is not working. If you find yourself bored and you are not hearing God, then change your routines or spiritual practices. If journaling is not working, then stop writing and start listening. If you never listen to music, then turn your phone on silent and listen to some music. Another idea is to change what worship service you go to at church or re-evaluate why are engaging in the spiritual practices that you are.
Not producing results---People love to hear from God and when we do not hear from Him, we get very frustrated. It is very possible to feel like God is not “for us” when we cannot hear Him. Has God abandoned us? No! But there are reasons we aren't seeing results. Maybe our timing is not aligned with God's timing. Maybe we are too busy. Distraction is another issue. As for your ability to “produce results”, it is vital to remind yourself that God may have planted a seed of growth when we are expecting an immediate harvest.
Too much social media---You cannot hear God today but you spent two hours on Facebook or YouTube? Does this sound familiar? We are all guilty of indulging in media and technology that stimulates our mind (for a minute) but does not transform us into better people/Jesus followers. I am not suggesting that we turn everything into a secular (worldly) versus sacred (Church) debate; however, we need to be aware of where we are getting our information from. You cannot ignore the world and live as a spiritual hermit. You will not be able to help others if you board yourself up in your ivory tower. On the other hand, if you only know what is going on in your church and not the needs of others and in the community you live in, your ministry is not fruitful because you missed the point.
Finding God in everyday living may take mixing things up like I indicated in the ideas previously mentioned. During our everyday living, it is easy to get into routines. Some routines are fruitful and some are not. This is why you will encounter bored Christians. Something is not working in their spiritual journey but they keep pressing on and repeating the same habits (even good ones) because this is all they have ever known.
Let me clarify on the boring Christian statement that I had made. A boring Christian is one whose life looks the same now as it did 10 years ago. We should have some enthusiasm in our lives as well as a life that is helping in setting others FREE with the Gospel. Rolling our eyes at people because they do not meet our moral standards will accomplish nothing for the Kingdom. Yes, we should have morals but if we are always measuring people up, then we missed the point of being a Christian.
Mix up your daily routines.
It will be easier to find God’s voice throughout the day