The Disciplines are Powerless to Irrigate Our Dry Souls

Undoubtedly if you have been in the faith very long you have have experienced dry periods in your walk with God.  But, if your walk with God has become characterized by drought then something is wrong.  If you have little affection for Jesus then something is not right.  The common answer is that we should join a Bible Study, pray more, serve more, get in a small group, and the list goes on.  But we know that the disciplines, on their own, are powerless to irrigate our dry souls, we need something much more to satiate our longings.  We need to be captivated; we need to move from a marginalized faith to one that is impacting and fully engaged – and because we want to, not because we have to.  CS Lewis’ quote from the Weight of Glory puts it this way:  “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  Affection or desire is a crucial component to our faith; John Piper puts it this way:  “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”  If you want to be truly filled and satisfied, then your life must be reflecting the glory of God – that is God’s created purpose and the way the universe works.  There is no system or formula to produce affection or desire, it is by constantly reminding ourselves of God’s great love and mercy for us that our affections are stirred.  The more we understand the gap between our holy sovereign Creator and us and that He was willing to bridge that gap, the more our worship and appreciation increases.  This grace is the fuel for Christian growth.

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