In reaction to this verse I jotted down several passages, Jeremiah 23:23 – 24 (here @ Bible Gateway), Psalm 139:7 (here @ Bible Gateway), and Hebrews 11:6 (here @ Bible Gateway).
This is the dilemma, on the one hand it seems, as the psalmist says, God is nowhere to be found in times of distress or trouble. On the other hand, He permeates the universe and beyond. I cannot, we cannot, escape Him and cannot hide from Him. So what is the deal with the feeling of abandonment?
It may be that it is the Lord’s desire that we learn to trust Him in the midst of the silence. That we rest in Him when He seems far off.
How do I rest in Him, trust Him, when it seems as if He is not there? Here the psalmist prays. He shares with the Lord through prayer the feeling of abandonment. He codifies and shares with the Lord his doubts and fears. Perhaps Psalm 73:17 (here @ Bible Gateway) is a partial guide.
It seems that an approach might be:
- Acknowledge the problem. Tell God how you feel – all areas, frustrated, angry, hurt, etc.
- Ask why
- Remember what the Word says - Here is where passages that we have covered, or the Psalms may be of great benefit
- Review what He has done for you - Here is where a journal will be of benefit.
Let me know what you have found.