walk in the word
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth (Hosea 6:3, esv).
“How can you tell if a tree is dead?” I asked a friend who’s somewhat of an expert. I was concerned about a big tree in front of our house which, despite not looking too healthy, still had a few leaves here and there, possible signs of life. “Break off one of the smaller branches,” he said. “If it bends without easily breaking, there’s still a chance. But if it snaps, and you find yourself holding two twigs instead of one . . .”
We know what that means. Dryness is a sign of death. But not only in plants. Also in people. The prophet Joel wrote: “The vine dries up; the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and apple, all the trees of the field are dried up, and gladness dries up from the children of man” (Joel 1:12). What he saw in the countryside, he saw in his countrymen. He wasn’t talking primarily about trees; he was talking about people’s hearts—how the field of our soul can become parched and lose vitality.Human nature is such that the farther you go in any direction, the less likely you’ll be to return. But God marches onto the scene every single day, as certain as the sunrise, ready to infuse your soul with life. Click To Tweet
What’s been drying up in your spiritual life? Does the Word of God still grip you? Does worship of Him still move you? Does recognizing His work in the people and events around you still capture your heart the way it once did?
Two things I would say to you, if you’re not especially happy with your answers:
So “let us know; let us press on to know the Lord”—not just facts and information about Him, but a heart understanding that presses deeply into the significance of who He is. No matter how dead and dry you’ve been, you can experience it all again: real, active, and personal, not just like it used to be but better—where God is your first conscious awareness at each awakening and your last thought before drifting off to sleep.
Revival is available. Revival is abundant.
And revival can still be yours.
I’m weary of spiritual deadness, Lord. I confess I’ve let my heart grow cold. I’ve replaced my zeal for following You with competing loves that have distanced and distracted me. How I crave now Your revival. Raise the sunlight of Your presence back up in my life today. Bring the rain. Open my heart to receive the only thing that can give me joy and promise and hope and peace. I need You, and nothing else. I want You, and nothing else. I pray these things in the merciful name of Jesus, amen.
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