One of my favorite quotes on this subject is: "A teacher is always silent during a test."
There are many reasons God could feel distant:
- One is when sin comes between you and God. The solution here is to repent and be thankful for God's mercy.
- Another reason God feels distant could be to get your attention. Sometimes the best way to appreciate what we have is to know what it is like to live without it.
- I have noticed personally, that when I don't pray as often I do feel Him as powerfully. When we close the communication with God, it is very difficult for Him to reach us.
- One last reason, just like the quote above says, is because there are times of trials where God wants to see how you are going to handle a situation. During these times God is often in the background and we have to reach out to Him because He wants to know that we depend on Him.
Anytime you feel a distance from God, my first response would be to pray and ask Him to come near. he wants to know He is loved and that you want to reach out and have Him close to you. If He is still silent, then repent of any sin, perhaps you may even have to ask Him to show you the sin that is coming between you. Then it is time to persevere.
Trust in God and have faith that there is a reason for the tests God gives us. Without struggles and trials we cannot grow in our faith or be equipped to handle more. When we preserve through the troubling times, our joy becomes greater.
Even through our tests, know that God is always working. There is comfort in knowing God is always looking out for you and will not give you more than you can handle.