Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 24, 2023

Where Is God When We Don’t Feel His Presence

“The mountains surround Jerusalem and the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.”   Psalm 125:2  CSB

As children of our Heavenly Father, we have all had times in the valleys of life when it seemed that our prayers weren’t rising or that God was ignoring us. Or maybe He was just busy with things more important than our requests, which often seem trifling compared to the world’s suffering. He has a big job, after all. So it’s easy to give up trying to reach Him, thinking He might have more time for us another day.

For those of us in a valley like that, the first thing to remember is James 4:8: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you….”  The fact is, we need to worship Him, be still before Him, and wait. This is not to be taken as a guaranteed system for demanding God’s attention. God does not answer at the snap of our fingers or respond to a magic formula for getting into His presence. He is the great I AM, above being manipulated. But he lovingly desires to be close to you. So wait on Him. Surrender to His timing. Humble your heart. Ask Him if there is any sin between you and Him.

As you wait, here are some verses of scripture that tell us where God is. I keep them by my bed and meditate on them for encouragement on the tough days:

Isaiah 48:17                  God leads us – He goes before us.

Isaiah 30:21                  He is to our right and left, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”

Psalm 36:7                    As we are in the shadow of his wings, He is above us.

Deuteronomy 33:27       Underneath us are His everlasting arms.

I Corinthians 3:16          He is in us: you are God’s temple, and the Spirit of God lives in you.

Psalm 3:3                     But you, Lord, are a shield around me…


Joyfully, He is in front of us, to our right, to our left, above us, underneath us, in us, and around us. So when you wonder where God is – He fills you from the inside and surrounds you in every direction. You can’t possibly go where He is not. What a benefit of His grace! There is nothing worth more than that!

“Heavenly Father, we thank You for the promises in your Word that assure us that You are always with us. Help us to hear You, whether You speak in a still, small voice or as a mighty wind. We long to bask in Your presence and give You honor and glory.”

 For His Glory

Cherie Williams (
TRBC Women’s Life

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