What To Do When You Feel Disconnected From God

Although heartbreaking and brutal, the death of Jesus is hands down the most beautiful act of love this world has ever seen. And while the scriptures paint a beautifully epic timeline of this event, there is one part that has always seemed to create curiosity within my heart—the time of God’s silence while Jesus was on the cross.

“When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”—John 19:30 

Why was God silent? Where did he Go? Why did he forsake Jesus?

My wife and I discussed this section of the scriptures, only to find ourselves having been both confused as a child, curious as to why God would leave his son alone on the cross.

At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”—Matthew 27:46

These words that Jesus cried out as he was hanging on the Cross have been the source of much debate among Christians throughout the years. Some people teach that because Jesus became sin itself, which is why God turned away from him while others speculate that God was in fact, present, but that the sin that Jesus took upon himself blinded him from the hearing God’s voice.

Regardless of why…God’s voice was absent.

I write this because I feel like many people today struggle with knowing God’s voice, curious as to whether or not God is hearing their cries. Regardless of why Jesus thought God to be silent upon the cross, I believe that even in God’s silence there is power. We may not always understand what God is doing in the moment, but we must trust that God will provide for those who are in need and bring support for those who need it—in his timing, not ours.

There have been many times in my life where I felt God to was silent but later realized that “silence” was actually God doing a mighty work within me—I just failed to realize it. What we perceive as God being silent isn’t always the reality, and we must trust that God knows what he is doing when it comes to taking care of the children he created.

Whether you have financial burdens, relationship problems or even health issues, trust that God is always present, even amidst what you perceive as silence. He’s still there. He’s still taking care of you. He’s still God.

—Jarrid Wilson


Have you ever felt like God was silent? Share your thoughts.

Published by Jarrid Wilson

Husband, Father, Pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship & Author of a few books.

37 comments on “What To Do When You Feel Disconnected From God”

  1. Your post is always awesome, many atimes as Christians God speaks but our minds are too busy over thinking and worrying and not hearing what he is saying that’s why we feel disconnect. If only we could be calm and ask the Holy Spirit for help.

    1. So true! I have been so busy thinking lately that I left God out of the picture at so many times. I wish I would stop doing that more!

  2. This is helpful for me as of the moment. There’s no financial, relational issue for me but could be both mental and emotional. I thought God was silent this morning because I haven’t fully understand what I read for my quiet time. For me, I haven’t heard him. I felt lost. He’s my compass so I’m quite aimless with my thoughts and emotions. Then, after buying my coffee, I read this blog. It hit me ‘that “silence” was actually God doing a mighty work within me—I just failed to realize it.’ It was timely. I disconnected my self a little with the internet, sang a song for Him while walking to a convenient store, then this. :)

    He’s doing behind the scene and I just have to ‘trust’ in His sovereignty and wisdom. He can handle my life better than I could. What I need to do is to ‘position’ my self to be ready when He said go.

  3. I appreciate you and your posts. What words could God have used? Maybe God was so choked up with tears he couldn’t even talk. God bless you and your family.

  4. I’m building my relationship with God day by day and often I feel like I’m disconnected by Him…now I know that I have to trust that He will take care of me, even if I don’t know how…
    Thank you

  5. It´s deffinetly good article. My own perspective right now is like I cannot even explain what I feel and when I try to speak with God it´s like speaking to wall. And I am like whats wrong with me ? Where is the peace I used to feel and everyone is still speaking about? Am I too wrong If I cannot feel nothing just emptiness?

    1. One amazing thing about God is that he is all-knowing. He knows what you are feeling and what you are struggling with, even when you cannot put it into words. If you cry out it Him He will always be there, no matter whether you can express your needs or not.

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