Is Your Spiritual Life Dry and Withered?
Last year I attempted to do something I have never done before I my life, grow tomatoes. I over-estimated my abilities and assumed that I was going to be the next “Farmer John, the Expert Tomato Grower”, even though I have never attempted to grow any type of edible item. So I went to the local Home Depot, purchase some small tomato plants, when home and placed them in the appropriate pot.
After a few days the tomato plants start growing and eventually started producing some tomatoes and was I ever impressed with myself. Then, after 2 months I noticed something wasn’t right because the tomato plant leaves on the branches were not full and started to wither away. I tried everything I could think of to bring the plants back. I added water, fertilizer and even tried to protect them from the sun. No matter what prevention measures I did, all the tomato plants died.
I thought I knew what I was doing but when things were going wrong I didn't ask anyone for advice or read any information about growing tomatoes because I was winging it with my limited knowledge. The same thing can happen to your spiritual life when you try to go it alone and not take time with God.
Have you ever noticed everything appears fine in your life and nothing is wrong but then things start going awry and your relationship with God seems to be withering and dying on a vine like a tomato?
So the question to ask yourself is, how do you spend time with God? If you answer, “Well, once a week when I go to church, I had my quiet time, so now I'm okay. That’s all it takes”, then I guarantee you that is not enough time. God is probably trying to get your undivided attention because you haven’t been paying attention to Him.
Fortunately, God had a plan so your spiritual life will not wither and die out. By opening up His Word and spending regular time there you will start to notice a difference. I know that believers used to talk a lot more about daily devotions and time with God, but I think many people started feeling like, “That is just a check-off the box, superficial kind of Christianity. I don’t want to just think about it.”
Well, of course that’s not all it takes. But I would argue that it is a significant part of sustaining our relationship with the Lord, because I need to spend time in God’s Word every day. During the days when I don’t, I really see a difference in my eternal perspective (and my lack of perspective).
So I would encourage you to spend daily time in God’s Word because in 2 Timothy 3:16 it says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
God bless you today!