I’m thirsty for God.
I feel disconnected from Him… like we are worlds apart.
To be honest, I’d like to blame it on something other than me. But the truth is that I’m parched for Him because of my own doing.
- I am not spending enough time in His Word.
- I’m not listening for Him to speak.
- My prayers are shallow and unoriginal.
Yep, it’s all me.
At times I’m so busy with my ministry, that it becomes part of my to-do list. It becomes more like work than a privilege. I lose the excitement because I am just trying to keep my head above water.
I hate that feeling.
The Enemy, however, loves it.
He loves to disconnect the heart and the head when it comes to our relationship with God. And a perfect way for him to do that is to make us busy.
- When we get overwhelmed with busyness, we work harder.
- And when we work harder, we tend to do so in our own strength.
- And when we work in our own strength, we disconnect from God.
- And when we disconnect from God, we become dry.
That is simple math.
I wonder if you are feeling the same way.
I had a pastor once tell me that our relationship with God ebbs and flows. What he meant was that as humans, we’re unable to keep a continuous level of intensity in our relationships.
You see, there will naturally be times when you feel so close to God and other times you feel so far away. Just like anything else, our relationship with the Creator needs intentionality.
So what do we do when we find ourselves… dry?
The Psalmist shows us by example. “I stretch out my hands to you in prayer. Like parched land, my soul thirsts for you.” (Psalm 143:6)
We reach out to God in prayer.
We talk to our Father in Heaven.
Duh, right? I mean, that seems like such a no-brainer. Yet so often when we feel distant from God… we aren’t sure where to start in prayer. We freeze up.
But the Psalmist offers a solution to that, too. You remember what he did? He stretched out his hands towards God.
Nothing warms my heart more than when one of my kids reaches out for me when they realize they’ve done something wrong. It brings them comfort to be close to me. It is a step towards restoring our relationship.
Maybe we should follow that example.
Father, forgive me for ignoring You. I am sorry for putting other things in front of You. The truth is that there is no one above You or beside You and I am sorry for behaving differently. I ask, God, that You restore my joy. Forgive me for seeing your kingdom work as an item on my to-do list. I love You and ask these things in Your name. Amen.
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