Most Christians know how to identify storms and trials in their lives, but are you able to identify when you are going thru dry times. There are a few definitions for the word dry. Most define dry as “free from moisture or liquid; not wet or moist”, but I am referring to the definition of “bare or lacking adornment”. For some time now I have been going to church and living right, but recently I have noticed that I was not getting the same feelings when I was in church as I did when I first got saved. I felt like I was doing everything the same till I stopped and took a good look at my life. For me this time I was in did not happen overnight, it actually took a few years. Yes you read correctly, years! I know what you are thinking, how did I not notice what was happening. Well it happened so slow I never realized it till it was too late. Looking back I found that over time I stopped reading my Bible, praying and getting in the move of God during church. I started to notice how old habits were coming back. I wanted to know why I was going thru this. Was I not a Christian anymore? Was God mad at me? Was I being punished for something I did? These and many other questions came to mind, but it wasn’t God that left me, it was me that left God.
Now that I know what I did I wanted God back. I found that to be harder than it sounds. Every time I would try to get to God I was pulled back to the world. I know that God had not forsaken me and I now have to work and strive harder.
So if you find yourself in dry times what should you do? Matt Slick President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry states 5 things that you must do:
- Ask the Lord to reveal any unconfused sins of which you have not repented
- You must read the Bible regularly
- You must pray regularly
- Trust in the Lord through this
- In the midst of your dryness, offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord
Trust in the Lord. God has a purpose for everything he does and allows to happen to us. Do not get discouraged and you will grow and be a stronger Christian when your dry times are over.
1 John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcometh the world. And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”