Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 17, 2014
‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. Ezekiel 37:4-5
From time to time we all experience spiritually dry seasons. God can feel distant even nonexistent. Prayers go unanswered, the Bible becomes just another book and our world seems out of control. Fellowship with other believers is foreign and our faith is on life support. Sweet sleep is rare and it is a chore to take care of ourselves, much less anyone else. When the walls of faith are crumbling down, how do we rebuild them? How do we spiritually hydrate during dry times?
The Christian life is not without sorrow, sin and sickness. The body can assault our peace with pain. Our mind can play games on us by questioning the reality of God and the validity of our faith. Our emotions can control us with unresolved anger or cause us to obsess in fear and uncertainty. Our will can grow weary in well doing and give in to selfish taking. Indeed we are vulnerable to the enemy’s lies when we lie awake at night. But spiritual dryness is not the end. Ezekiel experienced his nation’s demise, yet God called him to speak life into their dry state.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3).
Therefore, during dry spells allow the Spirit to spell out how much He loves you. Be patient and look for the Lord’s love in the little things: a glass of cool water, a cup of warm coffee, a hot crackling fire, a cloudy moon and a misty morning. Record the kind deeds done around you and thank God. Wait in humility for the Spirit to reveal unseemly traits in your soul. Let His flame of love burn away spiritual soot, so you can burn even brighter for Christ. Spiritual dryness should ready you for redeployment to active duty with God. Grace mops up the dustiness of a dry soul!
Moreover, our body that betrays us in this life will be raised to newness of life in the next life. Death gives way to life. Righteousness replaces sin. Joy overcomes sorrow. Worship and praise mute idolatry. Healing puts pain to death. Weakness submits to strength. Satan is cast into hell forever–his influence extinguished. Lest we forget: spiritual dryness is never in season in eternity. So be hopeful, heaven is real. Pray for the Lover of your soul to water your parched heart with His compassionate presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to breath life into your dry soul.
“The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, during spiritual dry times teach me to not give up, but to give in to You.
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Additional Resource: Rick Warren- Battling Dry Spells: http://tinyurl.com/od6m2wn
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