Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. Acts 7:11 ESV
There are times in life when you feel spiritually dry. In my experience, when spiritual food is scarce, I also face trials and afflictions which further test my faith. So, how do you deal with spiritual dryness and the challenges that go along with it?
Being Spiritually Dry is Dangerous
I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Luke 4:25 NIV
Spiritual dryness is a serious matter. It makes you feel lonely and distant from God. In prayer, you often feel like no one is listening. In your heart, you feel no comfort, hope or touch from God. Nothing stirs inside you. The Bible seems uninteresting and flat.
I’m certain that during these periods of famine many fall from the faith. Wives become Christian “widows” when their husband’s spiritual life falls victim to one of these dry spells (or husbands become widowers).
Therefore, it is imperative that you learn how to survive a drought in your quest to copy Jesus.
How to Overcome Spiritual Dryness
First of all, you have to realize that ‘this too shall pass’. It is just a temporary season. However, spiritual dryness can become like quicksand if you let it. You must control and direct your thought-life and emotions. You cannot give up on feeding yourself spiritually. Here are a few suggestions:
- Dig even deeper in your Bible. When I feel dry or hopeless, I turn to some of my favorite verses and amplify them for myself. For example, take a look at my amplified version of Psalm 23. This almost always helps to lift my spirits.
- Do not withdraw. Let me repeat. Do not withdraw! Keep going to church even when you don’t want to. In addition, I’d highly encourage you to get involved in a small group. There are many powerful reasons to meet with other Christians. I find that when I discuss my dry spell with another believer, it amazingly helps it evaporate.
- Pray. I know you don’t want to. I know it feels mechanical. Do it anyway. I’ve found that when I start counting my blessings in prayer, that’s what most helps to overcome my dryness. I thank God for everything good in my life one thing at a time. This is a great way to find peace when it seems impossible.
- Bless someone else. It is amazing to me at how selflessly serving others always helps me more than it helps them. When you are willing to be a blessing (even when you don’t want to), blessings just naturally flow back your way. This process fills my empty tank and gets me going in the right direction again.
Whatever you do, do not give in to your spiritual dryness. It is tempting, but please don’t do that. Keep trying. Be patient (with yourself and God). I’ve experienced many dry spells and they’ve all passed. The suggestions I shared above help me. Hopefully, they will help you too. What do you do when you feel spiritually dry?