God answers. Sometimes He answers even when we haven’t filed an official request. That’s how I felt as I pondered how passionless my walk with the Lord had become.
Where did that passion go? Why did He feel so distant?
Really, I had the answers to both of these questions. My first answer was that God draws close when we draw close to Him. If there was any distance between us it was because I had allowed that distance.
Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Wash your hands; you sinners; and purify your hearts; you double minded.James 4:8
Nevertheless, God shows us grace. We can show ourselves a lttle grace as well.
Circumstances had left me feeling and falling flat. A difficult path can toss us to and fro. Yes, if we are tossed by the waves it’s because we’re double minded. Our ways are unstable. We don’t have complete faith and trust in God. Regardless, Jesus sympathizes with our weakness and His mercies remain new every morning. As He Himself was tempted in every way He understands. Having never sinned, this also qualified Him as the perfect unblemished sacrifice for our sins.
Because Jesus was faithful, even to death on a cross, there is no longer any condemnation for those who belong to Him. Therefore, in His words is loving guidance and in His correction is redirection. It’s faith, trust and obedience that determines whether we will listen and follow.
Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.James 1:4
I’ve learned that my worries can choke out God’s word. Under the strain of trials and weariness, my passion for Him can sink like a stone beneath the waves. I begin to simply go through the motions. Still, perseverance must be a priority.
To reignite our passion we must refocus and learn to love Jesus again. We know He’s worthy. We know He’s awe inspiring and captivating. Our gaze just needs to be turned towards Him long enough to see this once again.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.
Worship God if you want the best;Psalm 34:5-9 (The Message)
worship opens doors to all his goodness.