My husband and I drove to another town to deliver pies. The scenery was so beautiful after the rain we had. Everything was green. Grass was growing. There were signs of life everywhere. Places which had looked like semi desert just a month ago were vibrant and alive. I was thinking that this is often the case with our spiritual lives as well. When there is a lot of spiritual input, like a preacher who is on fire for the Lord, or like revival meetings, we are alive and we grow and everything around us looks and feels better. We smile and laugh and life doesn’t seem to be so hard after all. Then we get the times when it feels like we’re in the desert. The messages we hear on a Sunday aren’t all that inspiring. We miss a few services and even our cell group seems to be half asleep. Our lives begin to show signs of being in the desert. We become despondent and depressed and we blame everyone except ourselves. We might go as far as to say we’re like Moses and the Israelites who were walking in circles for forty years.
But what does the Bible say:
Psalm 1:1-3, Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
Jeremaih 17:8, For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
The Bible says that if we do what we’re supposed to be doing and trust God, then we are going to be like a tree that stays green. Look at the next 2 verses in Jeremiah:
The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?
I, the Lord, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give every man according to his ways,
According to the fruit of his doings.
We cannot afford to go on feelings, especially when we are tired or in a difficult situation. That is the time that we have to go back to scripture and be reminded of God’s promises. Because God knows exactly how we think He has written the Bible so that we can understand it and so that we can appropriate the promises He put there for us.
Psalm 139:1-3, O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
God knows every little detail about our lives. What is past, what is happening know and what we are going to do in the future. He did not decide what we are going to do because He gave us free will. He does have a plan for our lives, but we can decide to follow that plan or we can decide to go the way we feel like going. We are also not like the soil which is dependent on seasons to be able to thrive. Unlike the physical rain, God, who is the fountain of life, is always available to us and we can call on Him whenever we need Him. If we have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb we have no excuses to be wandering around the wilderness.
Psalm 36:7-9, How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.
Therefore we need to open the Word and stay on our knees so that we will always have green leaves and be fruitful.