Why Can’t I Feel God’s Presence and Love?

“Why can’t I feel/experience His Presence and Love?  Not emotionally but in my heart? (my State and Sense of BEING)”

Read my article about the questions we ask about God and how we ask them.

Short answer is you can!

Why don’t you?  Or, Why don’t you FEEL like you FEEL God’s presence or EXPERIENCE Him?

Notice how “feeling” is such a key component of this question?

Perhaps it’s because we can’t see God that we must feel Him to experience Him.  At any rate, it’s very important to feel God.

Let’s consider something that Paul spoke from Mars’ Hill to the men of Athens:

Acts 17:24-28

24  God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27  That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (KJV)

I love these verses because they give us some insight into what Paul knew to be true about God.  He knew that the Lord desires men to seek Him and find Him.  Paul also knew that God wasn’t far from any of us.

We are God’s offspring according to these scriptures.  The creation story states that we are made in God’s image.  This is really saying the same thing.  We are spirit, God is spirit.  We are truly an aspect of God if you will.  A part of God.  Just as you are a part of your parents.

You are not your mom or dad, you are uniquely you.  That spiritual being that you are is in the image of God, your mom, your dad, me and everyone else too for that matter. Pretty amazing isn’t it?

So where is the problem in feeling and experiencing God?

There are a couple things that come into play here.

First of all, we spiritual beings tend to become pretty absorbed in our human experience.  We nearly lose sight of the fact that we are spiritual.  We tie our spiritual experiences to religious activities, and the steps and rules required by our religious systems.  Those things are completely physical and tied to the carnal aspect – our human experience.

When we seek to find God in religious systems, God’s presence seems to be an elusive emotional experience produced by the minds interpretation of external stimuli – such as the quietness of the interior of a church building, the singing of hymns, the observance of others or ourselves making religious commitments/steps such as praying, accepting Jesus, baptism, going into the ministry, etc.

Experiencing God in this way leads us to believe that we may only feel God within some religious context.

The other thing is that we’re largely unaware of our true nature – that of spiritual beings.

We’re very much consumed with the human/physical experience of our life on earth. Most of our time is spent on caring for, providing for, protecting and preserving the physical body.

When we’re focused almost completely on the physical and believing God is experienced in religious contexts we rob ourselves of countless possibilities of truly feeling God.

Learning to be still solves the problem.

When we become still, we remove our attention from the physical.

Tuning into stillness without judgment we find ourselves and God at the same time.

Have you read “Who Told You That You Were Naked?”   This will help you understand judgment and what it does to us.

So experiencing God and feeling Love is really as simple as being still.  Be still and know that I am God, scripture teaches.  It really does work!

If you still struggle with stillness be sure to read the other articles on this site related to being still.

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