Q. In the past I always knew when God was talking to me. It was almost as if I could hear Him. However after a recent medical issue this is no longer the case and it is very bothersome to me. Although it turned out just to be stress, the medical issue was the worst time of my life. I’m over that problem now but He has still not communicated with me the same way he used too. It’s like He’s left me on my own. I know he loves me and I know I’m forgiven, but should I be worried about this? Maybe I failed a test when I was sick?
A. The Lord has not changed, nor did He leave you on your own, because that would constitute breaking His word to you. He said, “Surely I am with you, even to the very end of the Age” (Matt. 28:20).
And you didn’t fail some mysterious test. I’ve had others tell me that prescription drugs they’ve been given made it more difficult for them to feel their former closeness to God. The best thing to do is assume the responsibility for the change, and ask Him to restore your prior relationship. And don’t worry. He wants that even more than you do.
By the way, are you still taking any medication relating to that issue, or was it a temporary thing? I ask because if you no longer take it, maybe you’ll regain the former closeness you felt as the effect wears off. If you’re still taking it, ask your doctor if it’s really necessary. I think we should only take medication as a last resort and then no longer than is absolutely necessary.