When God seems distant

I don’t know if you’ve ever struggled in any of these ways, but many Christians have.

Has your worship ever become stale, ritualistic, like you’re just going through the motions?

Ever felt sorta ho-hum spiritually, like you’ve lost the spark?

Do you sometimes sense more distance between you and God than there should be?

There’s no magic pill for spiritual maladies like these, but Paul gives us a great place to start.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

When your faith falters, one of the first questions to ask is how much attention you’ve been giving to the word of God.

Have you been reading the Bible?

Have you meditated on it?

Have you prayed over it?

You can get the word of Christ into your heart in many ways, of course.

You might read a chapter a day, reading each verse slowly, meditatively, and reflectively.

You might choose to read from a One-Year Bible, which includes selections from the Old and New Testaments each day and takes you through the Bible in a year.

Or you might pick a book of the Bible—Mark, for example—and study it for an entire month, reading several chapters each day.

Read different translations. Get a good study Bible and read the comments at the bottom. Or find a reliable commentary and dive into the meaning of whatever book you’re reading.

However you go about it, just start.

It might be a struggle, at least initially. It could be tedious. You may need to force yourself to do it.

But God’s Spirit works on human hearts through the word, and he’ll soon start working on yours.

The best cure for spiritual malaise comes from the Great Physician himself, and his most effective tool is his word.

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