“If you live for any joy on earth, you may be forsaken; but, oh, live for Jesus, and he will never forsake you.”-Matthew Simpson (1811-1884)
Do you have a person in your life that somehow forgets to respond to your text message until days later? Or never calls you back? They aren’t purposely trying to ignore you; it’s just they typically forget. In short, they’re distracted by life and it results in what I like to think of as the “one-sided relationship.”
Many times in my life I’ve been guilty of asking, “Why isn’t God talking to me?” or “Why can’t I hear him?’ I’ve caught myself looking for signs or waiting for the bush outside to catch on fire and talk to me. I’ll be honest and tell you that I’ve been reduced to tears and frustration, desperately wanting God to respond to me. Through those moments, I realized that this lack of communication was my fault. I had become that person who instigated the “one-sided relationship” but instead of being too distracted to reply to a friend, I was too distracted to dedicate time to my relationship with God.
As Deuteronomy 31:6 assures us, God will never leave us nor forsake us. He is constantly trying to communicate with us and I fully believe that when I cannot hear His voice, it is because I am the one who is ignoring Him. This world is distracting. One of Satan’s main weapons is that we can become too consumed in this world to pursue a relationship with God. You cannot have a true relationship with anyone if you don’t put time into that person. Now I know that the next time I’m feeling lonely or lost, I’ll be sure to reflect on my own actions in regards to my relationship with God because I know that He will never stop trying to chase me, I just have to be attentive enough to hear His voice.