A common prayer is “God I want more”. Whether it be more of His love, His power, His favor, or just more of Him in general, we have been created with a desire to want more. I know personally I find myself asking the Lord to reveal more of who He is to me daily. But being a follower of Jesus involves an interesting tension: being full and still being hungry. We are full of His spirit, but we should always be hungry for more.
In life, we can get caught up in a desire for more materially and unconsciously neglect the desire for more spiritually. Material wealth has become more sought after than spiritual health. Solomon, also known as the preacher, had this to say concerning wealth:
Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think wealth brings true happiness. Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT)
Material hunger can be fed, but can’t ever truly be satisfied. That’s why I love Jesus, he feeds us and satisfies us, but He always leads us to an even greater revelation of who He is.
So my thought this morning is what do you do when you feel like you’re ready for more, and you truly desire more, but you don’t feel like you’re getting more? What’s like to be in a dry season of spiritual growth and not know how to get things flowing again? I know what it’s like when bible study becomes routine, and prayer becomes obligatory. When you’ve planted something but not seen it grow. In prayer, the Lord showed me this yesterday:
You have sown much, and bring in little. You eat, but do not have enough. You drink, but you are not filled with drink, you clothe yourselves, but no is warm, and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes. Haggai 1:6 (NKJV)
Do you see the yourself in this passage? Whenever we are in seasons of dryness, and we keep trying to do things our own way, it never works. I believe with all my heart, we shouldn’t be working to get to a certain level, we should believe God will meet us where we’re at and then take us to where He wants us to be.
Go up into the mountains and bring wood and build the temple… Haggai 1:8 (NKJV)
This verse speaks volumes. When we have those seasons of dryness, emptiness, lack of fulfillment, God makes it really clear what we are to do: Go up (change your perspective) into the mountains (a place of solitude) and bring wood (the revelation of the cross) to build.
I have more on this that I am still marinating on. But for now, when you feel like nothing seems to work, my prayer is that you would head to the mountains, head to the hills, to encounter God and let Him reignite your passion.