“We all go through seasons in which our faith walk seems to be in mere maintenance mode rather than thriving and vital. It is a testing of our faith. At such times we find out whether our faith rests on the truth of Christ or on the good feelings we get after a lengthy quiet time.”
—Joy, a godly woman’s adornment by Lydia Brownback
Sometimes, a lack of joy is a definite wooing of God back to Himself, reminding us of His filling presence and our absence from His table. We’ve neglected prayer and quiet time with Him, and our spiritual lives feel the void.
At other times, however, even with faithful devotions the “feeling” just may not be there. And herein lies the test: do you worship because your Savior is worthy, or because you need a special feeling?
Perhaps you are discouraged in your spiritual life because you don’t feel the same spiritual high that you once had. Maybe you’ve given up your quiet times because they just “don’t do anything for you.” The motivation this week is to love our God because He is worthy, to fellowship with Him daily because of who He is—without the pressure to feel a certain way when we close our devotion time.
And do you know what I suspect will happen? You will be filled once more with a genuine awe of your God, and from that sense of awe will flow the joy you’ve been striving for.
This post has been edited and republished from my former blog Homekeepers. Over the next several months, I will be merging my two blogs into this one location.