As Christians we say we want spiritual growth, but do we really? This may sound like a crazy question and most will say of course I want to grow spiritually. I have prayed for this myself and I have written about how this year I am wanting to take my relationship with God to the next level. I want to grow in my knowledge, wisdom, and faith. What I did not take into consideration was to grow in these areas that I would have to go through some things that would be challenging.
Over the past six weeks I have had to deal with sickness, death, and ridicule. While all of this was going on I was experiencing a real dryness in my spirit. It didn’t seem to matter how much I read my Bible or prayed I couldn’t feel God the way I normally do. I couldn’t write because I didn’t feel like I was hearing God. I was praying and asking why am I going through this? Why did you bring me this far to leave me? We had a night of Prayer and Praise at my church last night and while everyone was praying for different things, I was praying for a breakthrough. I woke up this morning with my breakthrough and my cup is overflowing this morning.
I was reading this morning in Romans 12:12, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. This verse was my breakthrough because in order to be patient in tribulation and continue steadfastly in prayer you have to go through some things. I am not saying that God caused the sickness or death, but I believe the dryness and loneliness I was feeling during this time was my test. I believe we have to go through difficult times to grow. I believe had I not continued to pray and read the Word then I would have failed this test and would have been stuck where I was in my faith. I would not have been ready for the next step in my relationship with God. I pray today for strength to continue to grow in my knowledge, wisdom, and faith in my Lord and Savior.
If you are going through something today in your relationship with God, please don’t give up. He is never going to leave you or forsake you. Cling to Him and His Word and know that your breakthrough is coming.
Thank you for reading and have a great day in Jesus Christ!