Soon it will be time for school to start and we will be busy making sure our children are well prepared. Schedules will become hectic and our thoughts will be consumed with the business of our lives. Work, school, meetings, extracurricular activities, and then we get up and start all over again!
All this business distracts us and it is easy to lose focus. Ephesians tells us to be renewed in your mind! Yet, how many people have become wanderers in the wilderness because they have become disobedient to their calling by losing their focus. Being distracted by Satan’s deception… stopping God’s plan for their life… not knowing his will.
To discover the will of God you have to get into the word of God! You cannot rely on man’s interpretation of God’s will for your life. A friend of mine, Bishop Doggett once told me, “that some people never reach their potential in God because of broken focus. They lose direction and do not follow God’s plan.” I don’t know about you, but I do not want to miss God’s plans for my life.
Paul was in a situation! He was in prison, a potentially dry place. But he did not allow his situation or circumstances to stop him from following God’s plan for his life. He knew he was called to deliver God’s word to the Gentiles. Paul did not allow his focus to be broken. He watered the dry place he was in with the word. So when we are in our dry place and God’s will is not flowing in our life, we need to water our dry places so they will become fertile again.
Only God’s word can help us grow in wisdom and knowledge. We lose our focus and become dry by damming up God’s will that was flowing in our lives because the cares of this world. We build a dam of destruction with seeds of doubt, fear, unrighteousness, and complacency… seeds of murmuring, complaining, and distractions. We need to water our dry places with the word.
It was easy for Paul to know he was in a dry place. But how do know when you are in a dry place? Do you still read the word like you use to? Do you still pray like you use to? Do you still worship? Does the crucifixion of Jesus still pierce your heart like it once did? If you answered no to any of these questions, then you are in dry place. Your focus may be broken! All you need to do is get into the word of God and allow His word to reveal to you the plans He has for your life! Prayer.
“Create in me clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Make my life a living sacrifice for Your glory.” — Psalms 51:10-12
Revs. Michael and Darlene Hartwell are pastors of Verdunville Church of God and members of the Logan Ministerial Association.