BRINGING GOD INTO FOCUSAugust 1, 2010
We experience seasons when the trials and difficulties of life stretch us too far. At such times, we feel physically exhausted and mentally drained, and the spiritual focus becomes unclear. Minds cluttered with constant demands are challenged when it comes to meditating on God’s Word and His purpose for our lives.
Oswald Chambers writes, “We get disturbed because we have have not been considering Christ. As one confers with Jesus Christ, the perplexity goes, our only concern is to Abide in Him.”
When anxiety builds and time runs out and our devotion to Christ begins to fade from view, it time to return to the rock from which we were hewn (Isa 51:1).
If you can’t remember the last time you feel connected to the Lord or had a fruitful quiet time, today is the day to revitalize your connection with the most important person in your life–Jesus Christ. There are many ways to do this, but each one begins with a desire to know God in a personal way. Intimacy with Him is where we find spiritual refreshment for our souls. Even with those who have been walking with Jesus all their lives can allow their relationship with Him to become stale and dusty. However, we can take comfort in knowing that he promises never to abandon us (Hebrews 13:5). Therefore, when we turn to Him in Prayer, He listens with love and Understanding.
While times of Spiritual dryness inevitably come, there is a way through. Hudson Taylor wrote,” My own position becomes continually more and more responsible, and my need greater of special grace to fill it. But I have continually to mourn that I follow at such distance and learn so slowly to imitate my precious Master.”
The Lord uses our dry times to draw us closer to Him. Taylor hungered for a deeper knowledge of God and discovered an intimate Savior who loved him unconditionally. The Father wants you to experience the same kind of spiritual growth. If you’ve neglected your relationship with God, make a point to seeking Him today, and He will refresh your soul.
Bishop Jim Sunderland
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