Viewing Feelings of Spiritual Dryness Through the Lens of the Cross

“O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory.
Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips,
when I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night;
for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.”
~ Psalm 63:1-8, A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’
The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.’
Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
~ John 4:10-14

“Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are ‘plants of His own right hand planting,’ yet there are times when we feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak—each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower.
In such a condition what are we to do? …I will go to the cross again. Come, my soul, heavy laden you were once—you lost your burden there. Go to Calvary again. That very cross which gave you life—may give you fruitfulness. What is my barrenness? It is the platform—for His fruit-creating power. What is my desolation? It is the black setting—for the sapphire of His everlasting love. I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame and backsliding, I will tell Him that I am still His child, and in confidence in His faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud!
Sing, believer, for it will cheer your own heart, and the hearts of other desolate ones. Sing on, for now that you are really ashamed of being barren, you will be fruitful soon; now that God makes you loath to be without fruit—He will soon cover you with clusters. The experience of our barrenness is painful—but the Lord’s visitations are delightful. A sense of our own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we need to be—for in Him is our fruit found!”
~ Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Believer, do not rest in your own fickle emotions as the source of your joy. There will be dry, dark, difficult days where you feel used up, exhausted, unable to take one more step. Remember where your joy comes from…Christ…the cross. Grab hold of that, rest in it, despite the feelings of barrenness. Our hearts and emotions are wavering and deceiving, but Christ is steadfast and unchanging. He has promised to never forsake us, promised to sanctify us, to love us, to protect and guide us; He has promised us an eternity with Him. Our security is in His grace, His death on the cross, His resurrection, His work of salvation, His love, in what He has promised and what He will do…not in how “good” or “spiritual” we are feeling on a particular day. We can never attain Him in our own works or feelings. Behold the cross. Rejoice in the all-sufficiency of Christ. Drink deeply of His Words. Go forth and serve Him, love Him, glorify Him, in His strength, and not your own.


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