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What To Do When You Think, “I Feel Like God Doesn’t Care About Me”

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By Kristine Bolt
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“God doesn’t care about me.”

It’s your most closely guarded secret. “I feel like God doesn’t care about me. And sometimes, I feel like He’s completely abandoned me.”

It’s so secret that you probably haven’t fully admitted it to yourself.  Because it’s unsettling, right?

After all, aren’t you a bad Christian for feeling like God has abandoned you? And won’t He punish you for thinking that He doesn’t care about you?

Actually, He won’t. God already knows what’s in your heart. So the best thing you can do now is face and deal with it.

God doesn't care about me

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Why You Feel Like God Doesn’t Care About You

Life being what it is, just about everyone has experienced significant emotional pain or trauma. These are expected, though, because, well…life.

And while these expected hurts can test your faith, it’s the small, everyday pain that builds up and undermines your belief about God’s care for you.

So which of these reasons have you feeling abandoned by God?

1. Your Unanswered Prayers

Your overflowing prayer journals are a testament to your desperation. But what have you gotten from God in return?

Nothing. For years.

You’ve prayed every way you know. You’ve even begged God on your knees to solve your problems.

And He’s given you silence in return.

So you’ve concluded: “How can God care about me? If He did, my anguish would have touched His heart by now.”

Related: 7 Energy Restoring Bible Verses When You Feel Like Giving Up

2. You Feel Ordinary

In your desperation, you look up Bible verses about God’s love for you. And the first one that comes up is:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (ESV)

But it rings hollow in your heart. Because, yes, Jesus died for you. But He also died for the entire world.

In a crowd of over 7 billion people, you’re just one ordinary, indistinguishable face.

So how can God care about you, specifically?

Related: 10 Encouraging Bible Verses in Times of Struggle

3.You Feel That Your Problems Are Insignificant

Between global pandemics, famines, and man-made disasters, it sometimes feels like the world has gone crazy.

Compared to the suffering on your TV every day, how can God possibly care about your insignificant problems?

The job you hate, your relationship problems, your doubts about Him. Your stuff just doesn’t compare. In fact, you probably feel selfish praying about it.

So you conclude that God has bigger things to handle, and now you’re positive: “No, God definitely doesn’t care about me.”

Why Your Feelings Are Wrong

Maybe one or all of these reasons resonate. But you still hope you’re wrong, aren’t you?

Otherwise, you’d have given up praying by now.

But you keep crying out to God because you’re desperate to believe that He does care about you. No matter what your feelings say.

Good news: your feelings are lying. God loves you beyond measure, and He hasn’t abandoned you.

How do I know? Because the Bible says so. And Jesus Himself said that the Bible is God’s truth (John 17:17).

1. His Faithfulness

You’re not alone in feeling like God has abandoned you. David felt the same way.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2 (ESV)

In fact, Jesus quoted this same verse on the cross.  And we know that God cared about David and Jesus immeasurably.

Just like He cares about you.

2. His Careful Attention

In psalm after psalm, David poured out his most negative and uncomfortable feelings. But he always went back to what God does.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (ESV)

With great care and attention, God handmade you. Just like He made every wonderful thing you see around you. You’re part of His amazing creation.

And because He carefully handmade you, you’re no ordinary woman. Even among 7 billion people.

3. His Thoughts

No matter how much you or anybody else in your life belittles your problems, they’re lying.

Your problems matter to God. Because you matter to Him.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18 (ESV)

Only someone who cares about you thinks about you nonstop. And God thinks countless thoughts about you.

What To Do When You Feel Like God Doesn’t Care About You

So now you’ve admitted that you feel like God doesn’t care about you. And you’ve seen where your feelings are lying to you. Feels good, right?

Be warned, though: your feelings will be back with their lies again.

So what can you do? Be ready with a plan to conquer your thought, “I feel like God doesn’t care about me.”

Tell Him About It

The first thing David did was to share his raw feelings with God. How awful it felt to think that God had abandoned him.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. Psalm 22:14-15

Wow. Wasn’t it bold of David to be so honest with God? And God didn’t condemn or punish him for it.

In fact, true relationship is built on a foundation of honesty and open communication. So David’s candid outpouring of his anguish over what felt like God’s lack of care probably even helped strengthen his relationship with God.

Remember What He’s Done

But David didn’t spend all of his prayer time in anguish. He also recalled what God did in the past.

Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Psalm 22:3-5 (ESV)

Right now, it feels like God’s been silent in your life for years. But in reality, you know He hasn’t.

So deliberately recall specific times when He’s come through for you.

The unexpected check in the mail. The job offer. The small, everyday miracles. Remember them.

Praise Him

Again, David didn’t stop at reminiscing about God’s past deeds. He also praised Him.

I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! Psalm 22:22-23 (ESV)

So when you recall that check in the mail, job offer, and everyday miracle, praise God for them. Praise Him for who He is, for what He has done, and what for He will do.

God Cares About You

Wow! You admitted, “Lord, I feel like You don’t care about me.” Then you recalled proof that He does, and you’ve praised Him for it.

Your prayer journal suddenly feels a little different, doesn’t it?

Because now you know for sure that God hasn’t abandoned you. That He cares about you. Because He says so.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 (ESV)

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8 Comments

  1. I’ve been feeling unnoticed by God lately. Not that he doesn’t care but that everything he asks me to do is just hard and seems like I’m barely treading water. I am grateful his word is true. He does care. He loves us and he is intricately involved in our lives. Thank you for reminding us of this in your post.

    1. That’s exactly the thing to do, Dawn. When we feel like He doesn’t care, like we don’t have His attention, we always have to go back to His word. It doesn’t lie and it tells us clearly that He loves us and values us immeasurably. Then we have to trust Him and His word more than we trust our fickle feelings. Hang in there and know that He’s got you!

  2. Such a needed article. I have heard variations of this feeling from many people:
    God doesn’t care about me.
    God is disappointed in me.
    God can never forgive me.
    Etc.
    I loved the point you made that your feelings are lying to you. I also loved how you didn’t encourage people to dismiss those feeling, instead take them to God with the full awareness of the truth of how much God cares about you.
    If I was to add anything to this wonderful advice, is to highlight the importance of the body of Christ in this process. Many can’t see God’s care, forgiveness, love until they experience it through the body. For me, I needed to confess these doubts to others to know that may feelings really were lying to me.
    Thank you for writing this. It can help so many people.
    Blessing,
    Kevin

  3. Idk. This just sounds like such a low bar for all-loving all-powerful God. What happened to actions speak louder than words? Why doesn’t he just listen and help? If you constantly asked a person for help and they constantly ignored you and just watched you suffer, would you say they care about you? I can think of him “not coming through” my entire life.

    1. Totally understandable. But God often answers our prayers and sends us a helping hand, and we ignore His help and answers because (1) they don’t look like what we expect them to; or (2) we don’t like the solutions He sends. Looking back on the times when I felt like He didn’t care about me, I’ve found these issues to be strongly at play.

    2. God uses our need to become his response Joseph, l pray you would know God’s peace as you continue to pray and draw closer to Him. He is listening and l know that in my own life God used unanswered prayer to help me trust Him more. Be strong in the power of God’s might and know He works everything for our good.

  4. I can tell you for a fact that he doesn’t care about me. I think God is a huge narcissist in the sky who picks and chooses who gets a good life and who does not. I used to believe, but not anymore. When you take a look at the world we are forced to live in, it’s hard to believe God even exists. How can I believe in a God who is so self important and arrogant to even show himself, and why should I?

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