Q. I have been a child of God’s for many many years and it has always been a very close and happy relationship. But for the last several years I have been in bad health. Due to severe pain, the doctors have me on so much medication that half of the time I cannot even go to Church. When that happens I do not read the Bible as I used to. It seems like all I do is take medicine and sit or lay down. I feel God is so far from me and does not hear me when I pray. I know that is not right, but that is what I feel. I have prayed that He will show me what I am doing wrong if that is what is keeping me from hearing Him now. What else should I do? I miss His presence so very much.
A. I’m no expert in these matters and I don’t know what kind of medication you’re on, but others have told me that heavy doses of pain medication have dulled their senses in the way you describe, causing then to feel distant from God. You would have to find a Christian expert in these matters to verify this. Perhaps someone reading this will offer an expert opinion.
In the mean time, you can be sure God is hearing your prayers. In Romans 8:38-39 Paul said,
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Your senses may be dulled, but your spirit is one with God’s (2 Cor. 1:21-22).