Have you ever felt like you were in a rut with God?
Mine started about a month ago. I could feel it coming on but I tried to deny it. I tried to pretend like my prayer life wasn’t suffering. I tried to ignore that I was feeling drained and burned out on ministry responsibilities. I tried to pretend like me and God were on our usual page with each other, but we weren’t.
And you can’t pretend with God.
Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe today, in this season, you have fallen into a rut with God too. You feel a little off. Not in sync. Distant even. Your prayers have gotten lackluster. Your quiet time with Him is few and far between. Your time in The Word is short lived. You find yourself groaning over church commitments or service tasks. It seems like you’re grasping at straws more than being filled up with the living water of Jesus. (John 4:14)
I know how it feels to be stuck in that rut and want so desperately to get out of it. So today, I want to share a few tips that have been helpful to me in getting out of a rut with God.
Mix up your time with Him. While having a daily time with God is very important, sometimes we get ourselves in so much of a routine with it that our time with God actually becomes stale and not productive. It’s okay to mix things up a bit! As a young believer, I thought a quiet time needed to look a certain way. I thought it was about sitting in a big comfy chair, at the crack of dawn, with a cup of coffee in one hand and an open Bible in the other, ready to take notes on what The Lord would say that day.
But as I’ve got older, I’ve realized time spent with The Lord looks differently for every one of us, and the beautiful thing about God is that He can meet with you anywhere. In this current season of life, my time spent with God is often in my car. No lie. It’s proven difficult for me to meet with Him first thing in the morning because my little ones are often waking up at the very time I would normally meet with Him.
So what’s been working for me is quiet time with The Lord in my car after I’ve dropped my girls off for the day. I try to make it a point to get to work early enough to sit in my car, even if it’s just for five minutes, and have some time alone with God.
Maybe you go for a walk when the weather permits and have that be your time with God. You can worship out in nature and truly enjoy all of the wondrous things He has created (Genesis 1). You can also do things like incorporate music into your quiet time or try a new Bible study. I encourage you to pick one that you wouldn’t normally pick out to see if that helps.
Friend, it’s not about where you sit with Jesus. He will meet you where you are. It’s about opening your heart and ears to God’s Word and His Truth. Try mixing up your time with Him by going somewhere new, finding a new way to praise Him, or adding a different element to your time with Him. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
Watch for worldly distractions. I can always tell when I’m in a rut with God because He becomes more of an item on my to-do list and less like my Creator who has a daily plan for me. I find myself rushing through my time with Him, or putting Him on the backburner until I’ve finished other tasks. Even my prayers become less sincere because my focus lies on other things.
Are you in a rut because you are focusing on other things? Is there something you are putting above Him? It’s important for us to know that there will always be situations that come up that need our attention, but we must be careful in where we are putting God on our list of priorities. Watch out for worldly distractions that pull your focus and attention off of God.
Check your unconfessed sin. This one is super hard for me because I am a prideful person by nature. I really hate to admit when I’m wrong (just ask my husband). Often times I know what it is that’s causing my prideful heart to rebel (jealously, fear, etc.) but there are times when I need to ask God the cause of the separation in my heart. Maybe you have to do the same thing. We must go to Him humbly and ask Him if there is a specific sin that is causing the rut. The process isn’t easy, but it gives us the opportunity to invite God to work on us in all new ways. Perhaps there is something you need to release or confess to Him to get out of the rut you’re in.
Know whose you are. There will probably be future seasons when we get back into a rut with God because it is our human sin nature that separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2). But know that a “rut” with God doesn’t define your relationship with Him. You are His daughter. He desires a close relationship with you and He will always welcome you back home.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Have some of your own tips to share? Let us know what they are by leaving a comment and encouraging others daughters in their walk!