Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Just like a glass of lemonade or tea that has sat for a while, all the ice melted and it’s flavor is dull ~ so our relationship with the Lord can become. We will all have seasons that God’s word, our faith, our journey with Jesus our lives of study and trust become diluted or watered down.
The definition of diluted is: To make thinner or less concentrated, to lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, to decrease the value of.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are in your faith walk ~ if you are human ~ you will go through a time when the brilliance, purity and faith you have in Christ will seem dim and lack luster. I am just coming out of a season like this. Summer usually does it to me. The kids are home, my routine off, my time unstructured and I find it so difficult to take (or make) the quiet time I need to sit with the Lord and refresh and delight in His word. When I’m not in the word regularly, my passion and my delight grow dim. This isn’t the only thing that can cause a “watered down” period. There can be a multitude or reasons for it, but how can we resolve it so that the light of Christ shines pure and bright in our hearts again?
Just like there are a multitude of reasons why this watering down occurs ~ there are also a many ways to ignite the passion and delight of our Lord. However, somewhere in the formula there must be God’s word, prayer and worship! For me, the best way is to surround myself with other people just as (or even more) passionate for the Lord than I am, to sing and worship with hands raised high and get into God’s word (my face-to-face time with Him).
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Psalm 95:1
If you are in a watered down time in your faith, please take comfort in knowing that there is nothing wrong with you, God has not forgotten you, you are still precious in His sight . . . We may change, but He never does. He is still calling you to draw closer to Him. To hear His whisper. To feel His touch. To sense His peace. To know His mercy and His grace once again.
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, Ephesians 5:19