As a young follower of Jesus Christ, there was a time I felt God was so far from me… Until the day I was praying asking Him why He was so far from me He answered “I have not moved daughter, it is you that have moved away from Me.” It was a heck of a wake up call for me. But as I got deeper in the Word I read:
Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 ampc
This verse alone proves that He is always close to us.
But then He also says:
All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.
1 John 3:24 ampc
This tells us clearly that the best way to feel His presence is to obey His commands because when we do, we abide in Him and He abides in us. One cannot get closer to you than that.
I also learned right away that it is by our actions and thoughts that we pull away from Him, most of the time unconsciously.
Then there’s only one solution left, the simplest one:
Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
James 4:8 ampc
I hope this post truly blesses you as many of us at one time or another felt that God is far away from us. Blessings!