In praise of spiritual dry spells

The ideas in this article were largely taken from other sites and forums, posted here as they may help encourage people who are going through similar dry spells in their spiritual reading and prayer life.

Here are some insights:

God created the physical seasons to illustrate the spiritual seasons a Christian will pass through in his or her life. Jesus talked a lot about seasons (Matthew 21:41; Luke 12:42; Luke 21:30; John 4:35; John 5:35).

Paul told Timothy to “be prepared in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). A dry spell is a spiritual drought. You feel as if you are just going through the motions. God is the author of dry spells. He plans them, He creates them, He brings them. And He eventually removes them.

So what is going on during a dry spell? God is searching us out, asking, “Do you want Me only during the good times (ie. a “fair weather friend”) or do you want Me in the dry times also?” The greatest spiritual growth often takes place during the dry spell. But that growth is imperceptible. The dry spell can be used therefore to sort out the wheat from the chaff: it is the Lord’s winnowing tool (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17). As it is written:

Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matthew 3:12).

A dry spell can usually be broken…but sometimes it cannot. At such times you have one option: batten down the hatches, hunker down and walk through it.

Blessed is the church – and Christian – who can ride out the dry spell in faith.

Other insights from a forum where someone posted on going through a spiritual dry spell:

* Start on your knees and pray so you can allow your thoughts to be inspired by God’s most awesome and gentle way.

* Pray that the words you write and share are words of praise and worship to our God. A ministry to reach out to others.

* Speak out about life in relationship to the Father. Speak about the struggles. Speak as the Holy Spirit leads you, for He will give you the words.

* Stay focussed on the Lord Jesus, I understand how prayer and steeping yourself in the Word of God does that for us. Trust that He is in you and be prepared. He is using you.

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