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When God went Quiet

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God went quiet

This morning, while letting the coffee cup warm my hands as my mind chatted with God, I thought about how I need His presence in my life. I depend on His presence, and I found myself again wondering how lost I would be without a sense of His presence. The other day I wrote about what happens when God goes quiet in my life (see it here).

It’s been a long time since I felt no sense of God, and in that time I’ve grown to lean on Him more. Imagining what it might be like to lose Him, I felt like curling up on the floor and shutting down. Life is just too hard to try to deal with on my own.

All of this negative thinking then reminded me of a powerful, yet sometimes lost truth. The sense of dread I feel around the idea of losing Gods presence is nothing compared to what Jesus felt that night in the olive grove, just hours before His arrest, torture and death.

As Jesus hung on the cross, moments away from death, with the sins of the entire world piling onto his bloody back, God went quiet. Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for sin – separation from God. For the first time in eternity, the Son was alone, without the presence of His Father. The physical pain may have been nothing compared to the emotional and spiritual pain.

Think of someone you feel you cannot live without. Now take them away. How does it feel now? Jesus felt so much worse. So did His Father. And they willingly endured the pain, all for their love for us.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

7 thoughts on “When God went Quiet

  1. Do you really think God ever changes? Do you think that Jesus paid a penalty for sin by separation from God? I understand that Jesus was never alone any more than you or I. God is always there, if one feels otherwise it is only because they choose to ignore God’s love for that moment. Jesus understood God’s love and worked to share that love. His last words from the cross, spoken to all of those that hated, tortured and ridiculed him were, “I love you all.” Jesus was surrounded by the love of God and the Angels always. It was the understanding of that love that helped him endure.

    Understand the love of God and you will never feel that God is quiet.
    God loves you, love always.

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    • Yes, I believe Jesus paid the penalty of sin by separation from His Father. That’s what the bible tells me. The penalty of sin for us humans is, after all, hell. Jesus took that penalty upon Himself. I believe it’s very important that we understand this. Otherwise we miss understanding the true magnitude of God and Jesus’ love for us. The point of my blog post was to try and convey, in my own weak way, the pain that Father and Son endured by being separated for the first time in eternity. Yet I believe there is no way for me to adequately convey that pain, or the love that drove them to endure such pain.

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  2. Great word. So true. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for liking my latest entry. :)

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  3. I understand this is what is taught. Do you think any human man could endure that same pain?

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    • Jesus did, and He was human. Also, many suffered the pain of crucifixion under the Romans. And as for the pain of separation from God, a lot of people live apart from God, but that’s not the same since they never knew God.

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  4. What would you do if you knew the truth and the truth was unlike what religion has taught? Would you follow what was taught by Jesus, or would you follow what religion teaches if they were different? This is a difficult question to answer for Christian followers as to doubt religious doctrine would be condemning yourself to hell. However, you should not worry about hell, hell is simply the creation of man, not God. But how could you believe this?

    Back to your posting. Jesus was never separated from God and you are never separated from God. It was Jesus’s understanding of God that helped him endure the pain and suffering inflicted upon him. Should God separate from humanity then humanity would end; all we know would end; all of creation would end, but don’t worry, God would never do that. It is in the worst of times of our physical existence that we are the closest to God. It is at the point of our physical death that all of our spiritual guides along with the Angels that watch over us, come to our side to great us as we return home.

    Jesus suffered the torture and pain to demonstrate the power of unconditional love. “So simple so simple, but it is the nature of man to make it difficult to understand.” — Zophiel

    God loves you, the Angels love you, love always.
    Nathaniel

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