Have you gone through a difficult time lately? Perhaps a loved one passed away, or your spouse abandoned you. In the midst of your struggles, you feel like God has left you, too. No matter how far away from God you feel, He loves you and promised: “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you,” (Hebrews 13:5). It’s not too late to reconnect with God. Here are some steps to help you get started.
- Humble Yourself
Ask God to show you if there are any sins that you need confess. “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity” (Isaiah 57:14). When you come to God in humility, admitting to yourself and others that you’ve sinned and made mistakes, God responds by hearing you and will begin restoring you.
- Talk to God
One of the easiest ways to reconnect with God is to simply talk to him throughout the day. God already knows all about your struggles, but He longs for you to pray about things that are important to you—big or small. You’ll never get an answer to prayer unless you ask! “Whatever your need, no matter how great or small, pray about it and have faith. God is not just near; He is here, and He’s perfectly capable of answering your prayers. Now, it’s up to you to ask.” – Steve Arterburn, 100 Days of Prayer.
- Be Still
Rushing from one thing to another can leave us feeling frazzled. On top of that, it can create distance between us and God. Would you like to experience a closer, more intimate relationship with the Lord? Slow down, and be still! You may be familiar with Psalm 46:10 which says, “Be still, and know that I am God!” Reflect on this powerful truth!
- Schedule Time with God
Is there a time in your daily schedule that you can spend time with God? For some of us, it’s best if we read our Bible and pray early in the day. But for others, it’s their lunch break or before they go to sleep. So look at your schedule, and find what time works best for you. If you haven’t spent much time with God in a while, start by setting aside five minutes a day. Spend four minutes reading the Bible and one minute praying. Once you get into the habit of spending time with God daily, you can adjust your time and schedule to fit your needs.
- Connect With Others
If you feel disconnected from God, you may feel disconnected from others. Have you felt let down by God and others? Do you still need to forgive? Seeing a counselor or going to a support group—like a Life Recovery Group—can help you work through forgiveness. Don’t let the pain from your past keep you from connecting with others. There are compassionate, kind people out there that you can connect with. Whether it’s going to church or getting connected to a Bible study, ask God to show you what your next step should be.
- Grieve Your Losses
Sometimes we go through difficult times in our lives without fully grieving our losses. And this can leave us feeling alone and disconnected from God and others. Have you expressed sadness and other emotions such as anger over what you’ve lost? If not, give yourself permission to express your feelings in ways that are healthy. To grieve in healthy ways, don’t forget:
T-Talk about your loss with safe people
E-Experience the emotions you have blocked
A-Accept and recognize the impact of the loss
R-Record your thoughts in a journal
- Push Restart As Needed
God allows us all to restart our lives over again. This doesn’t mean we’re free from the consequences of our mistakes or that of others who’ve hurt us. God can forgive us, however, and help us to start all over. So if you get knocked down, you can always get up and start again. As 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”