At times we may experience seasons of spiritual dryness in our journey with God. It may feel as if we are in a vast wilderness. Our prayers may seem to go without any answer. We may even feel as if God is absent.
The promises of yesterday may feel as if they weren’t true. The questions come and go: Will breakthrough ever come? Will I ever experience that healing? God may seem as if He doesn’t hear you or that He doesn’t even care.
But He does care. He sees you, beloved. He hears your heart cry.
If this is you, don’t give up. God has not abandoned you. He is with you even when you feel nothing; even when you have felt nothing for what seems like an eternity.
You aren’t being punished or forsaken. All is not lost.
Be encouraged. In this season, the Lord is calling you into a deeper place with Him. The wilderness that comes in the midst of your longing for Jesus is actually a gift.
Yes, a gift! This is an invitation from your Bridegroom King.
As you await the breakthrough, God’s love is purifying you. In this spiritual dryness, He is forming you into a purer vessel of His presence. His perfect leadership has brought you into a time of learning: Learning to walk by faith and not by what you feel.
It’s a difficult, narrow way, but I promise: it’s worth it. He’s worth it.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
Saint John of the Cross called these seasons Dark Nights of the Soul.
“Dark” because our natural sense of God is put to sleep for a time. We don’t feel His presence like before. “Night” because we may also go through trials and temptations. Trials allowed by God to perfect our faith; temptations of the enemy because he, as usual, doesn’t play fair.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
Your longing for Jesus shows that He has not left you alone. He is using this season of waiting to bring you closer to Him.
God is growing your faith and devotion:
- Faith in God: Free from the need to always see it or feel it to stay encouraged.
- Devotion to Him: Not firstly seeking our needs and comfort, but seeking what is on His heart and mind.
You are destined for a deeper relationship with Jesus. Your faith will grow stronger than what you see or feel. You will know His presence as never before as you say “yes” to His refining love. The unity you feel with Him will be clearer and purer.
It’s painful: The flesh is being crucified. There’s a fight to deny your want for some sort of relief. Do not quit. Keep pressing into the Lord. Set your eyes on Him.
Remind yourself often of this: God alone satisfies.
The satisfaction you long for will come in the form of sweet communion and friendship with Jesus. In His perfect time, your breakthrough will come. You will find yourself in closer communion with God. You will be seen leaning upon Jesus, the One for whom your soul longs. As Song of Solomon 8:5 expresses,
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?”