As we think about the fact that it’s almost the middle of April, but yet it still doesn’t feel like Spring, we can liken this to how we may feel when it comes to our relationship with God. There are times when our prayer life is stagnant, or our study time is far and few between. We know that stagnant water will soon start to smell foul, and as believers we don’t ever want to offer a foul smell to the Lord, but we want our prayers to go up like sweet incense in his nostrils (Revelation 5:8). As the seasons change and we go from Fall to Winter, the cold air causes the plants to die and the leaves to lose their color. Just like there are seasons in the natural, there are also spiritual seasons, but it’s what we do in each season that determines our fruitfulness.
When I arrived home the other day, I noticed the perennials were starting to shoot up in the flower bed. Although the temperature is still chilly, this sight gave me hope that Spring was truly around the corner. Job 14:7-9 says, “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.” Verse 9 says “at the scent of water”, not when water is poured, but the fragrance of water will cause growth to that which has been stagnant, and buried.
Are you in a season of spiritual stagnation? Does your prayer life stink? Well don’t fret, just meditate on Ephesians 5:26 and allow the water of the word to wash you and sanctify you for the Master’s use. Plant yourself in the word that you may become as Psalm 1:3 says, a tree planted by the rivers of water, bringing forth fruit in season and even your leaves won’t wither and you will prosper in all you do. Remember, at the scent of water you can go from stagnant to budding, and the more time you spend immersing yourself in the water of the word, the more fruitful you’ll become.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!