Recently I have been struggling with the feeling of being distant from God. This season of life has been a hectic one for me and I am still longing to be in my walk with the Lord the way that I was back in January. The difference from then to now is that I was fasting and constantly seeking to spend time with Jesus. But what do you do when spending time with the Lord begins to feel like a chore?
- Pray. I know this sounds like a given – but it is. Ask Him to give you a zeal for Him and things of Him. Pray that God opens your heart and restores your love for Him. (Psalm 51:10)
- Be intentional. Make time for Jesus; schedule it in your calendar if you have to. Guard that time! Read the Bible-even if it’s a Psalm a day; with the obedience in seeking Him the feelings will follow.
- Find an accountability partner. This is such an important aspect of our walks. Having a friend that is asking you how you are doing in your quiet time is such a great thing to have. They can encourage you in ways that you can’t do it yourself and hold you accountable!
Whenever I start to let the troubles of the world overwhelm me I realize that the reason why is because I haven’t been spending enough time with the Lord. The opportunity to seek God now is a blessing.
The thing is, God doesn’t need us – he wants us. We need him but we don’t want him. This is a struggle that is going to be constant, but with our eyes turned towards the cross this momentary weariness will pass and you will be able to see the top of the mountain. I would encourage you to not give up in your search for time spent with Jesus. Grab your journal and favorite pen, open your Bible and ask the Lord to speak to you through His word; I can bet that when you are in search of Him he will give you that love for him as if it had never been lost. That’s the beauty of Jesus – he’s always pursuing our hearts and makes our heart of stone into one of flesh. I am so grateful for that!
There will always be highs and lows on this side of eternity but choosing to be joyful and seek the Lord and persevere is what builds that endurance in our faith walk.
What are some ways in which you have overcome a season of “checking things off the spiritual checklist”?