Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
It is not unusual for disciples of Christ to experience spiritual dryness in their lives and ministries. People might feel like God is far away and their prayers are not heard. Dry periods come into our lives not to punish us but to get our attention to be better and to do better.
While we go through times, it might be hard to consider that there are benefits in spiritual dryness. However, Christians experience spiritual dryness for many reasons. Non-Christians never experience periods of spiritual dryness because they are spiritually dry all the time.
Being in Spiritual Dryness
It doesn’t matter how long you have been saved or how long you have been in ministry, you will have periods of spiritual dryness. It doesn't matter if you have a deep relationship with God. In fact, your deep relationship with God will make your spiritual dryness more intense.
Being in spiritual dryness is an ideal opportunity to evaluate and reset your life. When you are going through that phase, there are several areas you should examine. Pay attention to those areas that need tweaking.
- In what areas are you not growing? God wants you to grow in every area of your life not just some of them.
- What are you doing so others will recognize you by your fruit? Are you the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)? Are you the light of the world (Matthew 5:14)?
How to Recognize Spiritual Dryness
Those who have a deep relationship with God will recognize spiritual dryness as soon as it comes because it is not a good feeling. There are several signals that you are going into or are already in spiritual dryness.
1. Your Peace Dries Up
God allows your peace to dry up so you can deal with who you have become and what you are doing, especially what you are doing to help God's people.
2. Nothing Gives You Joy
Losing your joy is not a good thing. When you no longer enjoy what you did in the past, something is happening within you. It is at that time that you need to evaluate your life to determine how you lost your joy and how you can get that joy back.
3. You Become Uncomfortable
God will definitely make you uncomfortable when you need to make a change in your life. God made Elijah uncomfortable in 1 Kings 17. He used ravens to feed him and give him something to drink out of a nearby brook. “After a while, the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land” (1 Kings 17:7).
God was trying to move Elijah from where he was. As long as the ravens took care of him, he would stay there. Like Elijah, as long as you are comfortable, you won’t go anywhere. When God wants you to move to higher ground, He makes you uncomfortable by your dried-up brook.
4. You Are No Longer Fulfilled
When you no longer find pleasure in the things you were accustomed to doing, perhaps you are going through a period of spiritual dryness. Sometimes God allows you not to be fulfilled so you can do something else. It doesn't always mean that you have to give up everything you are already doing. However, you can revise it by adding something related to it or remove a feature from it to make it different.
5. Chaos Comes Into Your Life
Chaos in your life is an indication that you are experiencing spiritual dryness. Everyone experiences some chaos from time to time, but if you are experiencing more chaos than usual, then some changes should be made.
6. You Have Struggles You Never Had Before
If you are noticing more struggles than usual, you might be going through spiritual dryness. There is no need to blame others for your troubles. It might be something you are doing or are not doing. God is using those struggles for you to examine why you are in spiritual dryness.
7. You Are Being Tempted
We are being tempted all the time especially during periods of spiritual dryness. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1). Jesus relied on the Holy Word and kept saying, "It is written..." (Matthew 4:4-6). Rely on the Word of God to get you out of your dry period. Like Jesus, quote the scriptures as often as possible.
What To Do When You Are Spiritually Dry
Plants in your house will dry up and die if they are not taken care of. Your life should be nourished and cared for like plants. Otherwise, it will become spiritually dry and then become spiritually dead. In order for that not to happen, make sure you practice spiritual disciplines such as praying, reading your Bible, praising God, worshiping God, fasting, and journaling.
If you do those things on a regular basis, then you will "be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth your fruit in your season; your leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever you do shall prosper (Psalm 1:3).
Your Response to Spirit Dryness
Your response to your spiritual drought determines the length of your dryness. The Israelites complained as they wandered through the wilderness. It took them 40 years to complete what could have taken an 11-day journey. Jesus went through His wilderness experience in only 40 days because He didn't complain. Instead, He spoke the word of God.
In other words, complaining will keep you in your spiritual dryness longer. Speaking the word of God will get you out much quicker.
If you answered, "Yes" to the question above, you are not alone. Most disciples of Christ have experienced spiritual dryness.
If you answered, "No" to the question above, you will go into the desert at some time on your spiritual journey
If you said you are in spiritual dryness now, use the recommendations in this article to eliminate your barrenness. In the meantime, remember that there are benefits to being in a period of spiritual dryness.
- Benefits of Your Barrenness
The Bible records the stories of several women who were barren. That list includes Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah in the Old Testament and Elizabeth in the New Testament. Here is Hannah's story.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 07, 2020:
Came back and truly enjoy this piece. Funny thing I need dryness as it wakes me up. Stiring it up is what I think of it.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 06, 2020:
I was in a church that was so full of the spirit that we never had dry spells but oh boy now they are vet real.
Danny from India on August 06, 2020:
Good article mam on implementing biblical verses for our everyday situations. Well-articulated article.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 05, 2020:
Eric, I meant to write "unusual." Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I love that we can revise our writing in HubPages unlike in some of my other writing sites.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 05, 2020:
I got lost it the first sentence. It is "not" usual?