We have to learn how to deal with the dry seasons, with the droughts. When we might not feel close to God, it’s important to press on and know that we will get out of the doldrums when we focus on God.
Psalm 63:1 states:
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
There are many causes of spiritual dryness.
- Sin can cause spiritual dryness. Isaiah 59:2 states:
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Sin separates us from God in two ways. First, it cuts us off and there’s a barrier between us and God and we need Jesus to bring us to God. See Romans 6:23 and Romans 3:23 – 25a. This relationship with God is offered by His grace for all who will receive it. Second, we are still in a relationship with God, but there is tension. Sometimes, our sin causes a lack of intimacy with God.
- A bad diet by taking in the world’s wisdom instead of God’s can cause spiritual dryness. See Psalm 1:1 – 3.
- Poor focus can cause spiritual dryness. Focusing on the wrong things does this.
- Complacency can cause spiritual dryness. It’s the smug satisfaction with not wanting to make improvements that causes this dryness. If you’re not improving and growing, you will decline. See Psalm 103:2.
- Testing can cause spiritual dryness.
Ezekiel 37 teaches us how to overcome spiritual dryness.
Ezekiel was a prophet for the nation of Israel in Babylon. Ezekiel 37:1-14 explains that God speaks and we are given life. Only God brings life. We can’t do this. He is the source of our hope and life. God gives Ezekiel instructions that he is to prophesy and come to life. He uses his word to bring about the renewal.
Romans 10:17 states
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
When God uses his Word to bring life and we accept his free gift, we will find refreshment and renewal.
How the Word brings life to the spiritually dry.
- It reveals sin. When we read God’s word, we oftentimes get convicted to obey and then become refreshed. An example would be the confession of our sins or offering forgiveness of others after reading 1 John 1:8 – 9.
- It provides a proper diet. See Psalm 1:1-3. It’s the regular intake of God’s word that’s important and ever time need not be extraordinary for it to matter.
It gives us focus.
- It removes complacency. For example, when we read about God’s goodness in Psalm 103:2 – 6, we are motivated to move out of a state of complacency.
- It provides reassurance. For example, hardship and discipline will eventually produce a harvest of righteousness and peace in our lives if we stay committed to God. See Hebrews 12:7 – 12