“My faith is shaken because I can’t feel God’s presence very much — what do I do?”
Received this via FB Messenger recently:
“My faith’s a bit shaky. I don’t feel the connection at all (sad to say) Can anyone honestly, truly say he felt the presence of God? For real. Serious. Even if the the person claims he/she does/did, I tend to believe it was almost like a placebo effect. It worked because you thought it worked.”
Believe it or not it, this issue/concern actually deals with the BASIS of the Christian faith.
Crucial reminder: Your faith must not be based on how you feel, on whether there is a ‘connection’ with God, on how much suffering you have avoided, how many blessings you have obtained, how healthy your family members are, how comfortable your life is, how well-behaved other Christians are, how scandal-fee your pastors remain, how ‘cutting-edge’ the sermons are, how the U.S. election or GE14 turns out, what placebo effects apply in the spiritual life, how good/bad/ugly non-Christians are, how much spiritual power people have, and so on and so on and so on. Ultimately, your faith should be based on one and only one thing: Whether or not Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
If He was resurrected, then — as they say — everything changes. And all His words ‘apply’. If He was NOT resurrected, then as per 1 Cor 15, then preaching is useless, faith is useless and Christians are the most pathetic people in the world.
Remember, facts don’t care about your feelings. Neither, therefore, — and thank God for this — does Easter.