Spiritual Dryness

 

The first church I pastored was while I was in seminary in Kansas City.  For (3) years I traveled on the weekends to Mound City to pastor a small rural church.  The majority of the people in the church were farmers.  I often heard the farmers talk about the “dry seasons”.  Those were the times there was no rain and the crops would often fail.

 

We as individuals have times like this--dry seasons in life.  When I talk about spiritual dryness, I am referring to those times:

*** when God seems far away

*** when prayer seems to only get to the ceiling

*** when you read the Bible and get nothing out of it

*** when there is no spiritual vitality--and you are simply “going through the actions”

We sometimes think:  Is there something wrong with me?  Is this normal?  Do other Christians ever feel like this?

 

When you feel like this, take heart!  Some of the giants of the Bible felt this way.  In Psalm 13, we see King David in a time of spiritual dryness.  Notice in this passage David asked (4) questions:

1)      How long O Lord, will you forget me… forever?  (v. 1a)

2)      How long will you hide your face from me?  (v. 1b)

3)      How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?  (v. 2a)

4)      How long will my enemy triumph over me?  (v. 2b)

Four times in these two verses, David says…. HOW LONG

 

What are the reasons for spiritual dryness?  I feel there are four main contributors:

 

*** Depending too much on feelings.  Christianity is not based on our feelings, but on the facts of the Word of God.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me, and I will answer you”.  Psalm 4:3 says, “The Lord will hear when I call on him”.  These verses are not dependent on emotions.

*** Unconfessed sin in our lives.  We cannot have a sinful life style and be close to God.  Sin separates us from God (see Isa 59:1-2, Psm 66:18) Sometimes we feel far away from God because  we ARE far away because of sin.

*** Neglecting prayer & Bible reading.  We cannot simply ignore God and expect to experience a closeness to Him.

*** God allows it to happen.  Sometimes God allows us to go through dry times for us to realize our

need for Him, and/or to teach us something.

 

Notice how David dealt with spiritual dryness:

 

1)      He prayed about it  (v. 3)

2)      He trusted in God’s love  (v. 5a)

3)      He remembered the goodness of God  (v. 6)

4)      He experienced joy & delight in God’s salvation  (v. 5b)

 

If YOU are going through spiritual dryness today, ask yourself these questions:

 

***  Is there unconfessed sin in my life?

***  Am I neglecting spiritual disciplines?  (Prayer / Bible / Worship / Fellowship with believers?

***  Am I going too much on my feelings / emotions?

***  Lord, are you trying to teach me something through this?

 

Remember:  Spiritual Dryness may or may not be a spiritual problem.

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