Does your spirit ever dry out?
You know that feeling that’s more than a feeling because it conquers your thoughts as well? And morphs into your attitude?
Does that ever happen to you?
It does to me.
And apparently to others based on the conversations I’ve had with them lately.
The negative world dries you out.
The sales cycle is getting longer.
Economic uncertainty because of the government.
All the while your bills keep piling up.
It’s not really a jungle out there anymore.
It’s a desert.
Your spirit gets dry on the job.
God’s chosen people got dry spirits at work, also. Remember when they had to make bricks with no straw and the production quota was the same?
After the miraculous parting of the Red Sea and drowning the enemy, they were convinced God led them to the desert to die of starvation and thirst. At least they had three squares a day in slavery, right?
And even after moving into the Promised Land to work as farmers—grain and grapes production—they figured God knew nothing about agriculture so they worshipped Baal and Ashtoreth, the fertility gods, who made it rain and harvest.
Each time their spirits dried out.
And each time it was because they stopped doing what they did when they were close to God.
If your job isn’t going well, if your attitude about work sucks, if the insanity of the negative world is pulling you in—if your spirit is dry, what were you doing previously when you were hitting on all spiritual cylinders?
Did you pray just about every morning?
Did you read Scripture daily?
Did you invest more time in worship?
Yea, me, too . . .
Moses was about to die. He blessed each of the twelve tribes of Israel before they took to their new work in the Promised Land, reminding them of God’s constant presence with them; encouraging them to snuggle up to God each step of the way.
Yes, their journey in the desert was rigorous and challenging. Yes, their spirits dried out.
Especially in these times of desert-like spirits, Moses says, even when we stopped doing what we knew to do all along, [God’s] heavens drip dew.
Any moisture is good moisture when you’re dry, right?
Today at work, do what you did previously to nourish your dry spirit.
Live securely in God.
Tilt your head back, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue.
Let God’s heavens drip dew into your dry spirit.
Pray a drop more.
Read Scripture a drip more.
Worship a splash more.
March into the Promised Land of your work today and live securely in God, covered in dew, as you increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette