I’ve been in a spiritual funk lately.
Have you ever been there? Maybe you are there.
I’ve hardly gone to church all summer. I’ve got lots of good reasons. We’ve been busy. We’ve been out of town. We’ve traveled more than we ever have. But, in reality, I just haven’t felt like it.
My time with God has been lame. I’ve managed to stay consistent but the time spent has not been quality time. It’s been brief and superficial. It’s funny how we feel good about ourselves because we can check it off the to do list. God doesn’t care about that. The time has to be intimate and meaningful.
The idea of sacrifice and service has not seemed attractive. I’ve been more interested in what I want and what I need.
A spiritual funk is a dangerous thing because it can gain momentum and take you to a place far from God and far from community. The good news is that it is actually very easy to get out of a spiritual funk.
That may not seem true. In fact, that may seem like a cruel lie if you have been in a spiritual ditch for an extended period of time. It’s not hard to get to the place where you feel lost…in the dark…confused and alone. But the way back is amazingly simple.
Here is the way out of a spiritual funk.
That’s it. That’s all it takes. The Lord invites you.
Return to me.
The invitation and one’s like it can be found throughout the Scriptures. Here is one from Jeremiah.
“If you, Israel, will return, then return to me, declares the Lord.” –Jeremiah 4:1
If you will return…then return.
That is how near God is to you right now.
He is one decision…one step…one move away this very moment.
If you have faded away…return.
There is no penance to pay.
There is no elaborate ceremony necessary.
There is no magic prayer.
If you see that you are not where you want to be…return.
Return to the Body of Christ.
Return to Worship.
Return to the Word of God.
Return to Prayer.
Return to a Mission greater than your own pursuit of happiness.
If you are in a spiritual funk, don’t get lost in that foggy place. It’s much simpler than it seems to be. Take the Lord up on his offer. If you will return to me, return.
I think you will find almost immediate hope and encouragement by making that simple decision to return. I already have.
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