Am I… With God?

The question could be asked of anything we do.

When I study the Bible (original inspiration for the post) am I studying with Him?

When we pray…are we talking to Him?

When we worship…is it to Him?

Is He involved? Are we actively making Him involved?

Any act we do that is meant to make us a “better” Christian, are we involving Him in these things? Or are we simply going through the motions?

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I truly believe when we involve Him that is when growth is made. It is when we feel Him, even when He is silent. I know God may not answer my prayers in a time I desire, but I know He hears me. He may not answer me in the way I want, but when a song plays that I need to hear when I ask Him to be my light and sunshine bursts through clouds spilling into my bedroom, I know He reminds me He is there.

People talk about distance a lot in their relationship with God.

The truth is it is easy for us to distance ourselves from Him, and then blame God for being quiet.

But if we are not engaging Him actively…what do we expect? It is not because He is not answering or is silent. He is there. He can help us.

But because we are not engaged and involved, we won’t see Him because we are blind.

Can He open our eyes? Absolutely! 

However, it is not fair to Him when we demand we grow in all these ways with Him, we plead He answers us on our terms when we aren’t even taking the time to get to know Him. 

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I do not believe in pure silence from the Lord. With every single thing that He has done in my life…I just can’t. Look at the Bible, His promises are there. My God keeps His word. Just because He feels silent to me does not mean, at all, He is not keeping His word.

If the Lord keeps His promises, then He is still showing His love.

And if He is showing His love to us…can we really say it’s silence?

When we feel He is silent, that does not mean He really is. He gave us the Comforter to live inside of us. He died on a cross. How much more do we really want out of Him?

I’m saying this, not to be harsh. But for myself.

He has done so much for me.

Is it too much for Him to ask me to be patient, seek Him daily, with my eyes and listen not only with my ears but with my whole heart?

Or am I doing these things for Him in silence…but not with Him.

I want to know Him. I want to do these things with Him. Because if He is not in it, it does not matter.  

(NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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Monthly Scripture – (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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31 thoughts on “Am I… With God?

  1. Great questions and convicting post! Reminds me of one of your old posts talking about church being an idol and, in some senses, a shield or padding from a relationship WITH GOD (you didn’t phrase it that way, but that was the gist). The common thread between that post and what you are talking about here is that we can pervert activities which are meant to bring us CLOSER to God into shields from him if our hearts aren’t constantly seeking Him. ♥

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    1. Amen, great comparison between the two! So grateful you remembered it that much ❤

      It's so odd I remember writing them (it was a two parter) and I think they appeared around spring. Wow, it's true something can become old pretty quickly. Old to me is the first line of posts from 2016 to early 2017 xD. Wow, thanks for remembering them. 🙂

      You are right! It is easy to take something meant for Him and pervert it to something meant for us, our praise, and potentially our "glory."

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  2. I really needed to read this, T.R, thanks for sharing it. I particularly liked what you said: “The truth is it is easy for us to distance ourselves from Him, and then blame God for being quiet.” How true!!! I can’t count how many times I’ve done that. I slowly back away from God, sometimes I’m not even realizing I’m backing away until it hits me. Does that make sense?

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    1. It absolutely makes sense! Especially when it is gradual. We can be distracted by our wants or maybe consumed with our trials/fears. It pulls us away at a pace, maybe we aren’t aware of, like you said. And then we just feel the distance and think God was the One who left, and it was not the case. I’m so glad this could speak to you!!! ❤

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  3. Sometimes it is hard when he is silent. Still, I trust that he really is leading my steps. Lately I have been anxious and do not see those next step. But perhaps he longs for me to just be quiet before him and wait.

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    1. ❤ amen! I'm not saying it is not hard, it can be. I'm at a place now in life where fear is a constant temptation. But I don't want to live in fear. Instead of trying to seek out answers, I am working on trusting and seeking Him with opened eyes. Every tiny blessing is so important. Reminding myself of things He has provided and what He has given me in these moments of silence. He may be silent, but He is ever present. May God speak to you soon, may He bless you with assurance.

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  4. Ello, thanks for sharing. Some great questions you have asked.

    So much comes to mind. Have been thinking lately about how we talk about wanting to hear from God but at the same time having our heads in 5 books, social media and keeping “busy”

    How can we expect to be with God if we are far away in our hearts doing other stuff? Mmmm on the surface it looks like many in the church are abiding (being with God) but are we really? Are we looking and sounding the same, producing fruit or as you often say “are we going through the motions?

    This is why intentional discipleship community is essential in the Christian walk I reckon.

    Lots to think about from your post

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    1. Amen! To whom are we trying to please, ourselves, others, or God? He simply wants us completely and our time. Whether we give it to Him or not determines a lot on whether we hear Him, I think. And it also shows us what to do in seasons of silence/distance from the Lord. Do we need to change what we are doing, or is this a season of patience?


  5. Questions we should always ask ourselves. I find myself mulling these same questions over in my head almost all the time.

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