Isn't it interesting that we have become a people who constantly search for gratification? And don't immediately jump to the conclusion that I am talking about sexual gratification. But gratification in life in general.
It can happen in our walk with God as well. When a person repeatedly experiences dryness and emptiness in both their spiritual and secular life, it is common for people to think if not say, "there must be some way I can still get a kick out of life."
In life, it's called a "midlife crisis," where there is a lack of gratification at work, in relationships and other experiences of life. In this setting, when the usual means of satisfaction dry up, many seek other experiences to replace them.
But this can also happen in our spiritual life as well. We discover a new way of connecting with God that brings significant peace and centeredness. When that happens we believe that we have found "the way" to God.
But then it quickly dries up and becomes one more routine. It becomes boring like everything else we have tried. We try to renew our efforts, but it just doesn't work.
And then we look around with increasing desperation for something, anything that might be fresh, dynamic and exciting.
Here's the trap: WE BECOME MORE INTERESTED IN GETTING A GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE FROM PRAYER THAN IN THE LOVE THAT HAS PROMPTED THE PRAYER IN THE FIRST PLACE."
As one author put it, "we become more interested in the pennies in the hand of God, than the hand of God itself."
Let these thoughts dwell in your spirit today.