Does God ever feel invisible to you? I’m sure you have heard and probably even used the term “Believe it when I see it.” Do you feel that way about God too? If you are a Christian then your answer will most likely be no. However, God may feel invisible to you at this very moment.
If God feels invisible to you then there is actually no difference in saying “believe it when I see it” and feeling that He is invisible. In all honesty God will never leave us.
You are basically telling God “You feel invisible to me but I will believe in you when you prove to me you are there.”
What causes God to feel invisible? There could be so many reasons God feels invisible. There are however 3 main reasons from my own experience that I believe play a huge role in His invisibility.
You can go to church every Sunday worshiping and praising God yet walk out of church and feel alone. Why is that? I feel like this is something a lot of Christians don’t necessary want to talk about. I know I didn’t. Actually, I take that back I did but I didn’t want to share the whole truth.
Where Did God Go?
Looking back there are 3 reasons why god felt invisible. Even though these are my 3 reasons I am pretty confident they apply to a majority of Believers and Non-Believers.
- Attempting to replace God’s love
- Not staying in God’s Word
Attempting to replace God’s love can fall into many categories from sex to television or even food. For example, if you are a single woman (or man) and you are constantly looking for someone to get serious with knowing that it will only end with sex then that is replacing God’s love.
If your using drugs or even smoking cigarettes then you are replacing God’s love. Wait! How can smoking a cigarette replace God’s love? Just like sex or food, you are using it to help satisfy a need.
Philippians 4:19 God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
Not staying in God’s word allows room to backslide. I always hear people say “You don’t have to go to church to believe in God.” This may be true however if you want a relationship with God then you have to surround yourself with His word. I guarantee 99% of the people who say “You don’t have to go to church to believe” almost never read their Bible. I know a few of them.
Negativity is such a harsh word in my vocabulary. I almost dislike it just as much if not more than the word “hate.” The Bible speaks repeatedly about negativity and how we are to distance ourselves from it. Negative Nancy will take your wonderful world and tip it upside down in a matter of seconds if you allow her to.
Replacing God’s Love
God felt invisible to me for a very long time. I grew up in church and was saved as a young child. By the time I turned 13 I was out of control despite going to church. I lost my virginity at the age of 13 to my brothers best friend. I remember it hurt really bad but that didn’t stop me from wanting more.
Over the next couple years I had slept with a total of 4 guys. One went off to college, one was the ice cream man I met at a party (never seen him again), the one was my first, and the other was some guy I thought I was in-love with that was actually drug dealer.
After I turned 16 I moved with my mom to another town where I got married to the boy next door. My mom at the time was a heavy alcoholic and was more focused on what she did with her bottle of vodka than what I was doing.
I quickly latched onto the boy next door and fell in love. This time it was for real. More like puppy love.
It happened so fast I didn’t even have time to back out. Not that I probably would of had the nerve to anyways. We was married nearly a year when I got pregnant and had my 1st baby; I was only 17.
The Sunday after we got home from the hospital we decided we wanted to go to church. That lasted two Sundays. I didn’t pick my Bible up for probably 3 years after that. God felt invisible to me, I didn’t know why, and I couldn’t seem to figure it out. So why read His word, right?
I became so negative I would have out negatived Negative Nancy. I’m pretty sure all the bad things that happened to me was because I was so focused on the bad I got more bad. Why would God give us good or bless us if we will just be ungrateful anyway? That’s like giving candy to a child who throwing a tantrum.
When I finally changed my mindset in 2016 and started being grateful for things I had and in some cases didn’t have is when I began to feel God’s presence. I decided to be in His word and to no longer look for love outside of His love.
Things aren’t perfect but they are sure less stressful. In fact I no longer worry about things nor do I feel alone. I have a wonderful husband who adores me and a God that will never forsake me. What more could I ask for?
Does God feel invisible to you right now? If so, look at these 3 areas and see where you can improve.
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