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The Past, The Present, and The Perspective

This morning my devotional (Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon) gave me some much needed perspective. Challenging, but great. The scripture was from Job 29:2; “Oh, that I were as in the months of old”. This is the first line of the devotional:

“Many Christians are able to view the past with pleasure but regard the present with dissatisfaction. They look back upon the days that they have spent in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known; but as to the present, it is as if they were smothered by a heavy blanket of gloom and dreariness.” Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Are you far from God? I feel that I am right now, and it is weighing on my heart and mind. But God hasn’t moved or changed. It is me. Spurgeon goes on to say the causes of such lukewarmness: neglect of prayer, idolatry, or pride. Do you feel as convicted as I do? I can fall into any of those three traps so easily; with one glance down, faltering from my view of The Creator and Orchestrater of all things. Here are some ways I can get back on track.

Prayer:

Write down prayers in a journal

Schedule prayer time

Pray without Ceasing: 1 Thess 5:17

Repent: “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” Acts 3:19-20a

Ask for help: Mark 11:24, James 1:5

Idolatry:

Repent

Fast: give up social media, tv, or whatever is a stumbling block for a time

Keep track of your spending and time for a week

Pray

Pride:

Serve someone

Don’t complain for a whole day

Repent

Pray

We cannot waste any time with a lukewarm faith. If the fire in our hearts is not burning for the Lord, we are wasting time and energy. There is nothing worse than being separated from God. We have to humble ourselves before Him, and get back to square one. Here are the last couple lines of the devotional:

“Christian, if you are not as you ‘were..in the months of old’ do not be content to simply wish for a return of your former happiness, but go at once to seek your Master and tell Him your sad state. Ask his grace and strength to enable you to walk more closely with Him; humble yourself before Him, and He will lift you up and allow you once more to enjoy the light of His countenance.” Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

My prayer for us to start our week: Lord, do your work in our hearts. Humble us, and show us where we are worshipping created things, instead of you, the Creator. We need you so desperately. Motivate us to make time for you, and show us the hidden dreams you have placed in our heart. Give us courage to seek you all of our days.