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Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says:
"Return to me," declares the LORD Almighty,
"and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty.
- Zechariah 1:3 NIV
It can begin with having a “bad” day or the worst, losing a loved one. I once heard a saying from a pastor, “If you put a frog in water that is a comfortable temperature and gradually turn the heat up, he will complacently let himself be boiled.” A heart that grows numb toward God is a lot like the frog.
It doesn’t happen all of a sudden, it’s a gradual process. Sin is like that. It can seem good at the time. Satan is good at making things look and seem good, but as you “sit” in the sin and let it boil soon it will lead to death. It may not be physical death but it could be the death of an important relationship, job, career or a way of life that was once good.
I know from experience that when I was “on fire” for Jesus my life was good, fulfilling, peaceful. As time went on though I started to be like the frog and become complacent in my worship, praise, study, devotion. It seemed like I was becoming numb to Jesus, the One who I fell in love with! How can that be? When we let the “worldly ways” take over our time and life, when we take our gaze off of Jesus as our main focal point, we lose the fire we once had. When the fire goes out in our heart, we become numb. And then everything changes because our perspective is off.
I know first hand how life can be with Jesus or without Him. When I was without Jesus I was anxious and afraid. When something would come up that I didn’t expect, I felt alone in the circumstances. I wasn’t sure if God would provide for me or not. I was lonely. I couldn’t feel anything anymore. But after some time went by gradually seeping into depression, God showed up. He spoke to me in various ways, through people, pastors, or a simple quote on Pinterest. Sometimes through a movie.
God drew me back to Himself. When I repented of my ways and came back to Him, so did the fire! His Presence in my life gave my heart feeling again! I have learned that sometimes God uses hard things to make us vulnerable. If we can’t be vulnerable our hearts grow cold and hard. When that happens we can’t feel love, give love or have compassion for other people. Sometimes a broken heart let’s God’s love in so we can then let love out.
You may be going through a hard time right now. You know what you need to do to return to the Lord but for some reason you can’t. It’s like what Paul said about doing what you don’t want to do. Take baby steps back to God. Listen to a worship song to stir the embers of your heart, read a scripture for the day and meditate on it, watch a movie about Jesus. When this happened to me I would just sit and ask God, what do you want me to do next? And I waited until I knew what to do. This was like blowing on the embers getting my heart warmed up to God again. Do what the scripture says, return to Him and He will return to you.
1. Does this resonate with you? Are you feeling numb and didn’t realize it? Jump out of complacency and renew your relationship with Jesus today!
2. What do you hear God asking you to do for your first step? Do it today!
3. Once you take the first step, go and tell someone, they may need a fresh breath to get them going again too.
Father, thank You for restoration. Thank You for never leaving me alone to boil in my hot water! I pray that with the help of Your Holy Spirit I will stay on track and my heart never grow numb or cold again! I love You with all my heart, mind and soul. Amen.
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