Warm hues light up the morning sky as I step out my front door. The melody of joyful birds greets me. I begin my morning walk through thick, humid air, admiring neighbors' landscapes, and basking in the quiet. A little ways down the road, a few raindrops fall from the clouds. Further along, a steady downpour of rain begins. It is wonderful.
There's just something about being caught in a downpour. The kind of downpour drenching me from head to toe. I absolutely love it! Partially because it's unexpected and refreshing. Mostly because creation—the rain—is a reminder of my Creator. His handiwork always reveals a glimpse of him. A steady downpour, especially, reminds me of sweet times saturated in his presence. The seasons in my life when my hunger for him was ravenous with desire.
These seasons are called seasons for a reason though. Though I am made by him and for him, my desire for him wanes. Every Christian can relate to these times of complacency.
Why is our desire lacking at times?
We treasure other things more than we treasure God. Matthew 6:21 ESV says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We may also be living in a season of contentment. When life is going well, we fool ourselves into thinking we can do life without Christ—at least, just for a little while. The result is, we fail to spend consistent time with him. Lastly, we are forgetful people. We forget the works God does in our lives, including the glorious gospel, and we forget who God is.
How can we move past spiritual complacency?
Ask God for a hunger to seek him.
God promises to give us good things when we ask him, (Matthew 7:11, 1 John 5:14-15). He is the only One who can draw us to himself, (John 6:44). Our desire for him is completely dependent on the work of the Holy Spirit.
Recount the works and character of God.
Remember the glorious gospel! The book of Romans is a great book to read. Also, recall all the ways God worked in your life this past year, (Psalm 111:2, Psalm 143:5, Psalm 9:1). Meditate on his character, and praise him! What may begin as passionless words of praise can grow into heartfelt praise.
Renew your mind in God's Word.
The Word is living and active, (Hebrews 4:12). It transforms us. It leads us to repentance, reminding us of our purpose to treasure Christ alone.
Realistically, life isn't lived in a continuous downpour of rain, just as every moment of our life doesn't feel saturated with God's presence. The point is to take intentional steps towards Christ. Pursue him, (Isaiah 55:6). In Matthew 5:6 Jesus promises, “'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.'”
And if we're waiting for an invitation, the day is today.
“'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
Do you feel as if you're struggling through spiritual complacency? Is your desire to spend time with God waning? If so, I invite you to spend the next 8 days seeking the Lord in the book of Psalms. This study was written with much prayer in hopes that as you seek the Lord through his Word, he would move you past spiritual complacency and into a time of refreshment with him.