When God Feels Far Away

2015 Linger Conference

In this 51-minute session from the 2015 Linger Conference, Todd Wagner identifies two reasons why God might feel far away to challenge you to search your heart and trust the silence. Todd is Senior Pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas.  

Todd explained how God can feel distant for two reasons:

  1. You have turned away from Him in your own sin.
  2. He is growing you in Christlikeness. 

When has sin distanced you from God? When have you felt like God was growing you in silence? How did you approach Him in those times?
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Psalm 32:3-7 (ESV)

3For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

5I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6Therefore let everyone who is godly

offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;

surely in the rush of great waters,

they shall not reach him.

7You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

When David confessed his sin, God was near and ready to forgive. How has confession brought you closer to God in the past? What sins might you need to confess to God today?
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Todd said, “Remembering what He has done is revelation for what He will do.” Describe a season in your life when God felt close and proved faithful. How does remembering that time help you trust Him today?
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Todd said, “You will experience a season of waiting. It may feel like you have been forsaken, but only He can take a cross and make a crown.” How does the Cross offer hope in waiting seasons? How have you grown in Christlikeness through such seasons?
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Todd said, “Waiting is not what we do until we get what we hope for. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what we hope to be.” If you are waiting to hear from God, take heart. He is near and is after your holiness more than your happiness. 

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