What Went Wrong With My Devotions

Question: Why are my devotions wonderful one day and dry the next?

On Monday I wake at the crack of six, make my coffee, and sit down with my Bible spread across my lap. Immediately things are clicking. Passages are jumping off the pages, pulling me into prayer and leading me to worship. By the time my devotions are over I’m convinced that I’m about 95% sanctified. The proof is in the devotions.

Tuesday starts the same way. Awake at six, guzzling coffee by quarter after, Bible across lap by 6:20. But nothing happens. I read. Something about God I think. My mind drifts to the Steelers lackluster play. What’s up with Big Ben? Wait, I’m in devotions. Pray something about…somebody. Lord, help me stay focu…why is my back so sore? I glance down at the study notes in my Bible, hoping to land on something inspiring. No soap. My devotions are about as exciting as one of those finance lectures I had in college. What is going on with me? One day I’m in the third heaven with Paul, the next day I can’t even summon the focus needed for a simple prayer.

I’m not the first one to experience this problem. It started with Adam and Eve. In Genesis 1-2 they had perfect fellowship with God. What was that like? Think the best devotions ever. Multiplied by God actually walking and talking with you. It’s pretty tough to improve on that.

But the moment Eve ate the forbidden fruit, perfect harmony with God was lost. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden. Fellowship lost.

Now we’re born separate from God. Enemies and haters of God. We fellowship with God like terrorists fellowship with the United States.

Which makes me so grateful for the gospel. In the gospel, God is reversing what took place in Genesis 3. Colossians 1:13 puts it this way:

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son

Fellowship between men and God has been restored through the death of Christ. My fellowship may be dry at times, but the point is, I do have fellowship with God! And some day that fellowship will be perfect, flawless, face-to-face.

Aren’t you grateful for the gospel? The curse of sin is being rolled back by Christ and we are brought into fellowship with God himself. There’s no better news.

Take that to your Bible tomorrow morning.

Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer. I drink too much coffee and know too much about Star Wars. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook