It’s been a little more than two weeks since my last post. I work as the Assistant Internet Campus Director at Seacoast Church in Charleston SC, and over the last two weeks I’ve gotten to speak at our college ministries weekly service, The Well; I emceed our week-long Student Ministries Summer Camp in Winnsboro, SC; and had the opportunities to speak at our Student Ministries service this past weekend. While it has been a busy couple of weeks, mostly I haven’t really had anything to say. Personally, I think that during seasons where we feel this way it may be God telling us it’s time to listen instead of talking. I also think that there are quite a few people in this world that should put that into practice, but that is a whole different post all together that I will save for another day. I also wonder every time I hit the “post” button on this site if anyone really cares what I have to say anyway. For me, that’s my own insecurity and a temporary loss of focus on why I write but I wonder if God ever feels that way.
I don’t think for a second that God is ever at a loss for words; I do wonder, however, if He looks down at us prepared with a message He desperately wants to give and sees a people who hearts are hardened toward Him. When I read the last chapter of Malachi it almost seems unfinished. Like He was mid thought and stopped speaking because no one was listening. While the scriptures don’t say that it just sort of seems to make sense to me as I read it. After that chapter, silence. God did not send another messenger to His people for 400 years. It was after this 400-year spiritual drought that Jesus would be born. I wonder if He was just waiting for His people, for us, to be ready to hear His voice again.
There have been many times in my life where I have lived in a spiritual drought. I have felt like God is not speaking to me or that he has withdrawn from me. I wonder how many of those dry seasons were during times when I wasn’t open to hearing Him. Maybe He was silent because He knew that the message He wanted to deliver wouldn’t be received. So today, I want to challenge us all to commit to being open to whatever God is trying to tell us today. Don’t be closed off to Him. Whether the source is scripture, or someone else, or His voice inside of you, be open to His message. He has plans to give us hope and a future, but hope dies if you don’t feed it. Feed it with His Truth every day.
Look back at your “Spiritual Droughts.” Were they caused by a lack of willingness to listen?