by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday January 8, 2006
Barometer for Spiritual Growth
There will be times when life has a stagnant feel to it. We can even become depressed in our thoughts as we wonder what God is doing.
Just as there are seasons of immense growth, there are times when we feel as though we are standing still spiritually. Seasons like these can be restful, especially when we make up our minds to allow God to do His perfect work in our lives. Even when you feel as though nothing major is happening, God is at work.
We need times of spiritual rest in order to be refreshed by God’s Spirit. Take advantage of the quiet seasons of life by committing yourself to prayer, keeping up with your spiritual journal, and studying God’s Word.
The secret to the deeper life is not found in activity but more often in restfulness, where we concentrate on the goodness and richness of the Lord and where we are taught by Him how to live each day according to His will.
It is only in times of quietness that you are able to hear God’s most intimate words. Have you learned to listen for His voice? Can you rest right where you are even as the world continues its fitful turning around you?
Seasons of quietness teach us how to find healing solitude in times of great activity. This is why Jesus told the disciples to abide in Him. When we abide, we rest, and when we rest, we experience great peace.