don’t pout in the drought

We have enjoyed a warm sunny summer after a month of rain in June. Yvonne and I were walking on the trails behind our house in the Kimberley Nature Park this morning. Wow, how dry the forest is! At one point Yvonne noticed that every footstep set off a cloud of dust! And we looked in our garden and noticed how the vegetables seemed to be crying for moisture. I can almost hear them applauding when I turn on the sprinkler at night. Sometimes our spiritual lives get that way too. We go through seasons of drought. (I wonder if this is also true of churches.)

 

You know the feeling:  C.H. Spurgeon writes, “We feel very barren. Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, and each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and droops. We are like flowers in the hot sun, thirsting for a refreshing shower.

Spurgeon points us to two Old Testament Scriptures:

Isaiah 54:1Sing, O barren woman…burst into song, shout for joy

Isaiah 61:3They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendour.

Spurgeon won’t let us ‘pout in the drought’: here’s his exhortation – “The experience of barrenness is painful, but the Lord’s visitations are delightful. Sing on, for you will be fruitful soon.”

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus three grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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