Have you ever gone through a season of life when nothing seems to be working for you?
You may even begin to feel forgotten by God. You were promised all these amazing things, but they never seem to come to pass.
Your feelings may feel even more intense due to the COVID-19 pandemic and everything that is going on in the world.
That can happen when the pressures of life start to intensify. We’re in a Valley of Trouble right now — and I don’t have to tell you that — but it’s going to transform into a Gateway of Hope!
So how can you get your hopes up when everything seems so hopeless? And how can you move from feeling forgotten by God to reclaiming your confidence in being God’s child?
There are a few questions I like to ask myself when I feel discouraged or forgotten by God. I want to share these with you now so you can be encouraged!
What has God spoken to you about yourself or your current season of life?
If you feel forgotten by The LORD, maybe it’s because you have forgotten something. What has God already spoken to you about yourself or current season of life?
Here’s what I mean by that. Many times, God has already given us specific directions about how to get to the next level or solve a problem in our lives. But maybe those instructions seemed small, and we didn’t pay attention like we should have.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 NIV.
When in doubt, do the last thing God told you to do. It may seem simple, but sometimes our questions seem hard while the answers are simple. Many of our issues can be improved by simple, new daily habits.
Get real with yourself and God. Ask Him to remind you of what He’s said in the past or check your prayer journal for a clue. The LORD will reveal it to you! Then do what He tells you.
What do you feel inside you are destined to do?
So often we look around for God to speak to us when He’s already placed within us everything we need.
“The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20–21 NIV.
“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts,” 2 Corinthians 3:3 NIV.
You may feel forgotten by God, but as Paul says, you are already a letter from Christ. Your whole life is a message from God. What do you already feel inside yourself that you are destined to do? This is a clue for what to do next.
What Bible verses best match my current season?
Don’t forget that God is still speaking through the Bible! What are some Bible verses that speak to you? Here are some of my personal favorites.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light,” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28 NIV.
Begin to declare these Bible verses over yourself and understand that, though you may feel forgotten, you truly are not alone!
Get ready to walk through the Gateway of Hope!
~ Doug Addison
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Doug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade. He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.