It has been said that life is often “feast or famine.” At times, is seems our spiritual lives are that way.
I’ve seen so many ride a crest of spiritual outpouring or emotion only to “dry up” almost totally within a few days or weeks.
I believe sometimes God wants us to go through spiritual dry places so that we will seek him. However, He doesn’t really want us to be distanced from him, for long.
Read Isaiah 26:8-9 and 58:2 and Nehemiah 8:10.
26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
Nehemiah 8:10 b … “for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
He always wants our lives to be a joy in Him, even when we are feeling distant. He told us to seek Him and He will be found. He wants us to know Him well and to be strong in His joy.
Faith is at the core of this life close to Him. If we will simply go about our daily lives in faith, we will have the joy of His blessing.
Glenn Clark says that if we will live our lives in prayer, each day is no longer a fast filled with fear but a feast filled with faith.
Notice that at a feast the effects are experienced with all of our senses: hearing seeing, taste, taste and smell. So should be our days with Him. We should experience Him in all of our ways, not just in our words of prayer. This happens if we turn prayer into a lifestyle of thought. It doesn’t have to be limited to the church service or the small group meeting.
This lifestyle allows Him to become a constant companion like He longs to be.
When you get right down to it, this is exactly the purpose for which we were created. It gives us the ultimate sense of self-esteem. It is our courtship with our husband – to – be.
How do we feast? We make our life of prayer a feast, talking to Him in our every word, our every thought. We make our thoughts revolve around Him. With every aspect of our lives, whether good or bad, we turn it back to a prayer breathed to Him and about Him.
We feast on thoughts of JESUS!