A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Bible (Part 2)”
Have you ever had a time in your life when you couldn’t hear the voice of God or did not feel His presence? This place may be described as a spiritually dead or dry place. These moments can unsettle us. They send us looking inward for a “spiritual fix.” But the truth is these times aren’t necessarily bad signs. As disconcerting as the feeling itself can be, these moments are a sign that God has not forsaken us.
They reveal God’s love toward us. Because He loves us, he lets us feel broken fellowship when we are in unrepentant sin. The sense of lost fellowship can lead us to repentance. And because He loves us, He sometimes allows spiritual dryness to test and prepare us. Our faith is refined during these times of preparation. Moses, Elijah, Jesus, and Paul all went through a desert time.
Think about it. God uses dry times to remind you of whom your faith is in. It is so tempting to look inward for the solution to spiritual dryness. When we do, we find out again that we are weak, fickle, filled with doubts, and struggle to be consistent. Looking inward reminds us to look outward. Then we discover the One in whom we have faith—that we might rest in the cross rather than in our own feelings that can certainly deceive us (see Jer. 17:9).
Walking through the spiritual desert puts us in a place where we have to wait on God to renew us—where our desires to know God and His goodness grow, where we pray more fervently, and where we are more attuned to listen. Each of these things stirs up in us a hunger and thirst for God’s Word.
Pause and Reflect
• Recount a recent time in your life when you were spiritually dry. What are two lessons you learned from that time?
• Read Psalm 119:89-91,137-144. Give thanks to God for never leaving you or forsaking you.