Do you ever feel like God is distant? Or do you have a lack of desire to get into the Word? We all have desert seasons in our spiritual lives, times when we don’t feel like drawing near. Struggling spiritually can happen no matter what level of spiritual maturity you’ve reached, and it’s something to walk through WITH God, not without him.
There isn’t a quick fix for this. But it starts by coming near to the Lord even when you don’t feel like it. Your emotions cannot be your gauge when it comes to this spiritual state of your heart. Today, as you make a habit of drawing near to the Lord even before you sense his presence, here are 10 one-sentence reminders to help you along the way.
- God’s law is by essence loving because its entire goal is to keep you in perfect relationship with Him.
- God is big enough to handle the disappointments and grief of your real life—he already knows what you’re going through, and He’s only waiting for you to share it with him.
- God reveals Himself to you through His Word, and studying the Word doesn’t have to be complicated—it can be as simple as a notebook and the Gospel of John.
- It’s okay to ask God hard questions.
- You were meant to be in Christian community; the Christian life is not meant to be lived alone.
- God is not asking you to meet Him because He is keeping track, but because He wants to know you, and for you to know Him.
- Your walk with God will not look exactly like that of your friends and family—it’s individual to you and the Lord.
- Peace comes as we remain in God’s presence.
- Prayer is a conversation in which God always answers—whether yes, no or not yet.
- God’s silence is not His absence.
Let these be a jumping-off point for your own study of the Word—reminders you can print out or write down as you seek to know Jesus more. Unsure where to start? I suggest reading John 15-17 this week. Read it every day, listen to it in the car and take notes as you study it. Look at how Jesus articulates the ways that Father, Son and Spirit each work in your life for the sake of your growth! The Christian life is not something you can do on your own. If you try, it will perpetually feel like a struggle.
My challenge for you this week is to choose a few of these statements to write where you can see them. Show me what you did on Instagram by tagging me: I’m @phyliciamasonheimer. Then pick a time each day to read John 15-17 and share your thoughts with me.
Remember: You can always walk back to the nearness of God. He never moved. He is ever faithful. And it’s not too late to start again.