When You Feel Spiritually Stuck
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
I wish there was a magic formula I could give myself when I'm in a spiritual rut..."if you do this and don't do that, you will feel closer to God." But yet, no matter how much I pray, how much I read the Bible, and how much I attend church, these feelings of spiritual isolation don't just go away on their own.
We are stuck people—we get distracted, dragged down, and pulled apart. God feels distant, and sometimes we feel as if our needs and desires are irrelevant to Him. And although we think we are alone, seasons of spiritual darkness are incredibly common. Being a Christian doesn't take away the pains and fears of the real world we live in, but it does give us hope... a hope we wouldn't find in ourselves. So, what are some things we can start doing to pull ourselves out of our spiritual rut?
1. Be honest about feeling spiritually stuck. Instead of trying to pull ourselves out of the pit of despair, let's go to God with our honest feelings—our tangling thoughts, our fearful futures, our dulling passions, our sense of unqualification, or our unmet expectations. We cannot fight sin merely by our own power and might; we have to be honest to the only One who can help us defeat sin.
2. Seek accountability. Not only should we be honest about our rut to God, we should be honest to other people as well. As hurting believers, we need to know we are not alone in this battle of uncertainty. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member who can help keep you accountable in the Word. We should be lifting each other up in prayer and lending a hand when needed.
3. Receive the love of Christ through the Gospel. Without this truth, all the other points we could integrate into our lives will slowly deteriorate. The beauty of God's love is that it shines in the spiritually dark times—although we tend to believe He has abandoned us or doesn't really care. God loves His children, and His Son knows exactly what we are going through (Hebrews 5:7). We have an advocate with the Father who relates to our pain and our suffering. He experienced a suffering we will never comprehend, saving us from our most gruesome sins. Rest in this truth, sisters.
Father, I am feeling down and depressed. My spiritual walk is empty and almost non-existent. Give me the guidance to know what to do in this time of need. I pray I lean on You to pull me out of my misery. Help me to be diligent in reading Your Word and spending time talking to You. Amen.
Are you feeling spiritually stuck? Get down on your knees and pray God would restore your tired and weary soul. Reflect on 1 John 4:10 and know you are loved by your Heavenly Father.