I don’t know if any of you have every gone through a season of spiritual dryness. A place where you feel like God seems to be silent. There was a time in the bible like this. A messiah was promised, but hundreds of years of silence came with it. During this time no miracles happened and God was silent. A lot of the people questioned the validity if there even being a messiah at all. Through it all God was working on the lineage of Jesus. Allowing all the prophecies to be fulfilled. Even in the silence he was still working. In the end God keep his promise and he was faithful. A messiah did come. A messiah did save the world of sin. And history was forever changed.
This past semester that is exactly what I went through. A season of silence. A lot seemed to be going wrong.God didn’t seem to be present or available. There were so many open wounds I wasn’t allowing God to heal. Bitterness from unanswered prayers seemed to encompass by demeanor. This has led me to what I call a “season of seeking”. I knew I needed God again. After months of running in circles and kinda seeking him, but really just letting my hurt overwhelm me, I knew I had to face the wounds in front of me. To truly allow healing to take place, rather than letting bitterness sink in. A season of seeking. Seeking his presence. Seeking his healing. Seeking his love. It has been a complete transformation. A complete revitalization, reconciliation, and restoration. All three. Revive. Reconcile. Restore.
Awaken from your slumber. Don’t push the pain down and bury your wound any longer. Most likely it will show up at the most inopportune time anyway. You will find yourself snapping at the people close to you. Or choosing to be alone when what you really need is to be around the people who love and support you. Its time to realize that we are not okay and that is okay. Become alive again.Awaken. Remember what it felt like to be on fire for God. Full of joy. Full of peace.Desire to be in that place once more.Begin to seek him. Invite him in along this process. Ask him to revive your faith into the fire it once was. God comes where he is invited. If you are seeking a revival he will give you one when you seek him with all your heart.
“Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love”. – Pslams 44:26
“For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14
God wants a relationship with me. He wants to know me intimately. He wants to know you intimately. He desires to romance us in a personal way. For me I find God when I see nature and the beauty of the world he created. That is how God romances me. He speaks to me through nature. Find what reconciles your relationship with God and what brings you closer to his heart. Put yourself in that place. Whether its nature, listening to sermons, worshipping, or serving. Find a way to reconcile the relationship and bring back the intimacy.
“All this from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And has committed to us the message of reconciliation”. Ephesians 1:6
Allow God to heal your wounds. Heal the wounds from your past whatever they may look like. It could be the death of someone close, the heartbreak of rejection, the desolation of loneliness, or the suffering from past sin. There will always be suffering. There will always be strife. But there will always be a God we can turn to; a God we can lean on for support. In the past I have turned to friends. Friends are amazing. They are supportive, but friends cannot restore my heart. This is what I have found. God doesn’t take away the pain we feel. What he does do is give of peace about it and make our hearts joyful through the suffering. There are things that still get to me. At night when I am alone the pain is still there. But you know what else. SO IS GOD. He offers his arms wide open for me to crawl into. He has begun to heal my heart and allow me to feel joy in his presence alone. It is truly a beautiful procession because often times through our suffering his glory is reveled in the process.
“For you were once darkness; but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. For the fruit of light consists in all good ness, righteousness and truths”. -Ephesians 5:8
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings”- Pslams 36:7
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealing in us”. – Romans 8:18