With And Without Passion

Most of us remember the time that the Lord first spoke to our hearts and called us to repentance. The feeling is absolutely indescribable, and I couldn’t explain it to you if I tried for days on end. Sometimes the Lord speaks to us so palpably that we cannot deny his physical presence in the room. Those moments are incredible, aren’t they? The feelings they invoke - overwhelming love, inexplicable peace, indescribable joy - there’s nothing better, right?

But...what about when those emotions fade? No matter how amazing those moments are, time has a way of causing emotions to fade. What do we do then? It’s easy to walk alongside the Lord, remember to pray and read His word, and follow His commands when you have just had one of those moments. But it gets tough when things go back to “normal”.

Marriage has been something God has used to teach me so many things about Him on a smaller scale. I have been with my husband for almost six years. We have gone through the “honeymoon period” - emotions are high, love is flowing, and the only place you want to be is where that person is. But that fades as well, and then what happens? The Lord has created marriage for life, and we don’t get a free pass to just quit when we don’t feel as emotionally connected to that person as we did before.

The same applies to our relationship with Him. The words that come to me are “persistence” and “consistency”. In both marriage and our relationship with God, we are called to be persistent in the pursuit of the other person - our spouse, or the Lord, respectively.

"Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2

Just because the emotions fade does not mean you are doing something wrong or are a “bad Christian”. How you feel emotionally is not the judge of your relationship with God - it’s your actions. When things are easy in life, do you still remember to pray as much as when life is hard? Does your Bible start to collect dust when you don’t feel the Lord speaking, or do you still sit down and spend that time with Him? Just as we don’t ignore the other person in a marriage or other relationships when things aren’t as exciting as they have been, so we must continue to acknowledge the Lord and who he is, even when he isn’t feeding our emotional high.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12

This week, I encourage you to persist. Spend that time with the Lord even if your devotional time is feeling dry. Pray to Him even when you don’t feel like you “need” him at the time. Sing that worship song simply to remind yourself how much he deserves your praise. Invest in that relationship just like you would a human person. He is glorified when you choose to persist in your relationship with him! He is everything, not just in the hard times or when we are on a “spiritual high”, but in the everyday, small moments that don’t seem to matter. He knows every strand of DNA, counts every hair on your head. Praise Him!

-Liz