Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.
Proverbs 3:5-12 MSG
To my sister in Christ, thank you for helping me figure out what I needed in this season.
Our relationship with God truly is a REALationship. It’s just as tangible as the ones around you. Just like any relationship, sometimes things get old. It’s not that you love the person any less or they’re not good enough but you’ve gotten accustomed to the routines of life and that can steal* your flame. The songs get old, the scriptures get old, the church (building) gets old, and before you know it your relationship with the Lord is looking a little stale. Stale means no longer fresh, hard, dry, and often unpleasant to eat. Be honest. We’ve all been there before with God. But just like stale bread can be revived (yes, look it up for yourself), so can your relationship with Him. Interestingly enough, it can be revived by the same ingredients you use for stale bread. I stole this receipt from bonappetit.com:
1. Be Sad; Your Bread Has Gone Stale: Hopefully you’re not actually crying when your bread goes stale but you might if your relationship with God goes stale. Because He created us to have His heart, we often are compelled or convicted to feel something when we are distant from Him. It’s important to first acknowledge that something’s off in your relationship so He can reveal to you what has gone wrong.
2. Stick the Bread Under Water: God says that His words are LIVING water (John 7:38). There’s a reason why most living creatures on the planet have a need for water and that is survival. If you need physical water to stay alive, then it only makes sense for you to need spiritual water for your relationship to stay alive. Get in His word in whatever way you can, He will revive you and refresh you.
3. Put the Bread in the Oven: Don’t be surprised when after you beginning working to restore your relationship, you find yourself under fire. Instead, count it joy because the tests that you will endure are producing something out of you. God has created you and the relationship with you to withstand heat, don’t be intimidated. Wait for the final product to emerge.
4. Be Happy! You Now Have a Fresh Loaf of Bread: This is a REALationship that you’re in with Him. It’s okay to be happy! He tells us to rejoice always because there’s always something He has done or will do that is worth celebrating.
I know our relationships with Christ might not seem as easy as sticking bread under water but maybe it can be. God didn’t create relationships to be as difficult as we make them out to be. Sin and distractions is what draws us away, not rocket science. The reasons Jesus spoke the way He did, in parables, was so everyone could understand Him. He doesn’t want you to believe that life is difficult with Him. He will meet you where you are, teaching you all things, and revive you if things ever get stale and awkward. For me, it was studying a new translation that I’d never read. For you, it might be through worship. The importance is not the object but the Spirit behind it.
Now, go get some water.