Seasons of Spiritual Dryness

“Sometimes we experience a terrible dryness in our spiritual life. We feel no desire to pray, don’t experience God’s presence, get bored with worship services, and even think that everything we ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is little more than a childhood fairy tale.

Then it is important to realise that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness. It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God” (Henri Nouwen).

I always remember what I heard a long time ago. What you think and feel can and will lie to you, so you go with what you know. You cling to all the promises of God as declared in Scripture.

That’s why it’s so vital to know God’s word inside and out. The more you know, the less likely that doubts can steal your joy. Not that you won’t still have doubts, but you know better how to doubt your doubts and hold fast to what is true.

Spiritual dryness can be a good thing if it leads you away from trusting your experiences and your emotions rather than trusting in the person of God as revealed in Jesus. Just know that seasons come and seasons go, but the faithfulness of God lasts forever.

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