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Spiritual Dryness: Symptoms

Spiritual Dryness is a term that many Christians use to describe a certain situation with their relationship with God. Generally speaking, it’s not a good thing. It means that a person is distant from God. It’s a metaphorical way of saying they feel dried up and distant from God’s presence.

Is this bad? Not entirely. We should be careful to note that we want to make a distinction between spiritually “dry” versus spiritually “dead”. There is a major difference. The difference is akin to saying someone is in physical pain as opposed to saying someone is physically dead. Pain indicates that something is wrong and the body is letting you know that something is wrong. Someone dead is unresponsive and unable to respond. Spiritually speaking, when someone is spiritually dead, they are numb to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and does not care that their relationship with God is broken. They will remain so until by God’s grace there is a breakthrough and God resurrects their heart. But by God’s grace, when we are talking about someone who is spiritually dry, the Holy Spirit is actually prompting us to hunger and seek after God more. It may be an indication that something is wrong, but it is also God calling us into a deeper relationship with Him.So if you are feeling spiritually dry, rejoice! It means you’re still spiritually alive.

Spiritual dryness is not something unique to believers today. It is a struggle that God’s people have always had since Biblical times. The Bible uses terms like “living water”, or “ever flowing springs” to describe an intimate life with God(Psalm 1:3, 46:4, Jer. 17:3). So what does spiritual dryness look like?In Psalm 63:1, the writer speaks of being in a “dry and weary land”. Other Scriptures talk of God “hiding his face” (Psalm 13:1, 27:9). What is the source of spiritual dryness? How do we face it?

Here are four reasons why we may face spiritual dryness: 1. We are not tapping into the gifts that God has given his people to help them grow spiritually. 2. There may be sin in our lives. 3. We may be reaching our physical and spiritual limit. 4. God may be bringing us through a season of growth.

1.The joy of spiritual disciplines

God has given us things in our lives to help us to grow spiritually. God has given us his Scriptures, community, prayer and His Spirit. These are the means by which God uses to strengthen and encourage His people. It is sometimes striking when people come and confess they feel spiritually distant from God and yet avoid the very things that will bring nourishment and health. This may indicate that while a person may know that something is good and truthful, it has yet to capture a person’s heart or imagination. Reading, praying and spending time with God’s people is not yet the person’s joy.

2. There may be sin in our hearts.

When sin is enjoyed and delighted in, God will not be present. God’s nature is opposite to sin. If a person’s heart has been filled with the delights of sin

3. There are physical and spiritual limits of our delight in God.

As creatures we are still bound by physical and emotional limits. Tiredness and apathy may be signs of physical or emotional exhaustion. Weariness is not a sin, but rest may be in order.

4. God may be bringing us through a season of growth.

One question that comes up in seasons of drought is, “How desperate are you for God?” Seasons of weariness are opportunities that God can use to bring you deeper in your relationship.

In seasons such as these, we must hold on to God’s word and not our feelings. We are not always in control of our circumstances, but we are responsible for how we respond to them. God has not abandoned his people. He is still faithful. In seasons of dryness we may be tempted to respond with anger, fear, frustration, or apathy. But in faith, let us hold on to Christ and remember that He is faithful. Let us respond in trust and perseverance.