Seek the Lord, Even If You Don't Feel Like It
“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11
In our society, the majority of our actions are based on how we feel...but just as our feelings lead us to do certain things, we can often use our feelings as excuses to keep from doing the very things that are important for us to do. We won’t go to the gym because we don’t’ feel like it. We hit snooze on our alarms, knowing fully well it’s time to get up, because we don’t feel like getting up at that moment. This trait, unfortunately, finds its way into our spiritual life as well.
Have you put aside time in your Bible because you didn’t feel like reading? Have you dismissed vital prayer time with the Lord because you could never muster up the will to do so? I'm not talking about someone who misses out because of circumstances outside of their control. I am talking about those who flippantly dismisses the leading of the Holy Spirit to commune with God in His Word and prayer - simply because they do not feel like it.
Even if we do not feel like reading the Word, we need to do it anyway. The Bible teaches us that Scripture is vital to our walk, and it is vital in training us in righteousness. It is the literal words of God breathed into pages (2 Timothy 3:16). Our minds are to be transformed by it, and we are to know the will of God, which we glean from the pages of scripture (Romans 12:2). Nowhere does it say we should come to prayer and Scripture only when we feel like it. We are told to pray without ceasing - not pray only when we feel like it (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We must humble ourselves, not in a way to earn favor or salvation from God, but to honor Him and grow in our knowledge and affection for Him, which He first gave us. Our love to do so may often be cold, but sweet communion with our Savior warms the soul far better than anything else we could turn our attention to.
God, I pray You would give me a deep desire to grow in the knowledge of You and Your Word. Help me to put aside my laziness and fleshly desires and turn my focus onto Your promises. Thank You for being a gracious and loving Father. Amen.
Any discipline we need to create takes time, and so it is when cultivating a life of prayer and Scripture devotion. God’s Word is good, and prayer time with our good God is essential. Pray for Him to give you a deeper desire for Him in this.
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.