Seeking a Feeling Is Not Worship

I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. But he knows where I am going” (Job 23:8-10a NLT, second edition).

David frequently complained of God’s apparent absence in some Psalms but the truth is that God had not really left David, just as God will never leave you. He has promised repeatedly, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Yet God has not promised that you will always feel his presence. In fact, God admits that sometimes he hides his face from us (see Isaiah 45:15).

There are times when he appears to be missing-in-action in your life.

Floyd McClung describes it this way:

You wake up one morning and all your spiritual feelings are gone. You pray, but nothing happens. You rebuke the devil, but it doesn’t change anything. You go through spiritual exercises . . . you have your friends pray for you . . . you confess every sin you can imagine, then go around asking forgiveness of everyone you know. You fast . . . still nothing. You begin to wonder how long this spiritual gloom might last. Days? Weeks? Months? Will it ever end? . . . It feels as if your prayers simply bounce off the ceiling. In utter desperation, you cry out, ‘What’s the matter with me?’” (Finding Friendship with God; Ann Arbor, MI: Vine Books, 1992; 186).

The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with you! This is a normal part of the testing and maturing of your friendship with God. Every Christian goes through it at least once and usually several times. It is painful and disconcerting, but it is absolutely vital for the development of your faith.

Worship

 

Knowing this gave Job hope when he could not feel God’s presence in his life. He said:

I go east, but he is not there. I go west, but I cannot find him. I do not see him in the north, for he is hidden. I look to the south, but he is concealed. But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold” (Job 23:8-10 NLT, second edition).

When God seems distant, you may feel that he is angry with you or is disciplining you for some sin. In fact, sin does disconnect us from intimate fellowship with God. We grieve God’s Spirit and quench our fellowship with him by disobedience, conflict with others, busyness, friendship with the world, and other sins (see Psalm 51; Ephesians 4:29-30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Jeremiah 2:32; 1 Corinthians 8:12; James 4:4).

But often this feeling of abandonment or estrangement from God has nothing to do with sin. It is a test of faith, one we all must face: Will you continue to love, trust, obey, and worship God, even when you have no sense of his presence or visible evidence of his work in your life?

The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is seeking an experience rather than seeking God. They look for a feeling, and if it happens, they conclude that they have worshipped.

Wrong! In fact, God often removes our feelings so we won’t depend on them. Seeking a feeling, even the feeling of closeness to Christ, is not worship.

*Let talk It Over*

How does understanding these truth about worship change your attitude about the time of worship in your church?

Why do you think God tests our faith?

What does he want to accomplish by such test?

If you ever experience a time in your life when you do not feel God’s presence, how would you choose to respond?

This was written by Immanuel (D’Dream)of thedreamlodge.wordpress.com and I loved it a lot especially this paragraph.

The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is seeking an experience rather than seeking God. They look for a feeling, and if it happens, they conclude that they have worshipped.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    D'Dream
    May 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to put up a post on your amazing blog.

    Worship ought to be what we do because we love him. It ought to be a totality of our being, as a matter of fact the reason why we are to be thankful, praise and worship if not for any other thing is because of our breathe.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      May 8, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      Lol. You too thanks for sharing your great post with us.
      I agree totally. God should be the reason and focus of our worship, not us.

  • Reply
    Dee
    May 6, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This post reminds of the 3rd&4th stanzas of s hymn: ‘God moves in a mysterious way’.
    3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy, and shall break
    In blessings on your head.

    4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    But trust Him for His grace;
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face.

    I’m sorry; #covers face#
    I just love hymns &can relate almost anything to one.
    hope u’re enjoying the weekend.

    • Reply
      Bisola
      May 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Yes oh. God moves in a mysterious way. Who can fathom him?
      Waoh! I love how you love hymns and can write them out. I live them too but most times the first stanza is what I can usually memorize. The rest is humming.
      Yes I did. Thanks.

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    mildred
    May 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I read this post twice,cant explain why….we forget that the experience isn’t God but God is the experience. I hope that made sense. But can you have the experience or feeling if you’re not a true worshiper??

    • Reply
      Bisola
      May 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Yay! I love this line “The experience isn’t God but God is the experience “?. Expect me to steal it.
      Some people may experience fleeting feelings or an experience but whatever it is they feel will surely pale in contrast to what a true worshipper will have.

  • Reply
    Amaka
    May 7, 2017 at 10:14 am

    This makes so much sense
    So much!

    Thanks for sharing.

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