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When God Seems Harsh, Cold, or Distant

November 28, 2017

When I have gone through hard times, God often seems distant, even harsh or cold because I cannot sense his presence. Plus, if you read what God did in the Old Testament he appears harsh and brutal.

In Genesis six, the Bible records God became angry over man’s sin and chose to send a flood to kill mankind and animals: “…I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, for I am sorry I have made them.”

When God gave the Ten Commandments from Mt Sinai, the people were terrified at his voice: “…if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer, then we shall surely die.” Deut. 5:25.

Look what he said to Moses in Exodus when Aaron made a golden calf for the people to worship. “Now let me alone that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them, and I will make of you a great nation.” Moses reminded him of his covenant with Abraham and Isaac, and God relented.

Compare that to Jesus in the New Testament who wanted the children to come to him. Imagine Jesus touching babies and toddlers. That presents a very different picture. Or what about the time he said, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. . . for I go to prepare a place for you.”

In John fifteen Jesus said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I have commanded you.”

Today my guest is Cheri Cowell, and she has written 365 Devotions for Peace, which answered that question. You can find Cheri here.

1:20 Cheri talk to us about what God is like.

4:30 How long did Noah preach before the flood came?

 

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