2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
If you’ve ever used a yo-yo, you know it’s not always as easy as it looks. I remember growing up trying and trying to get mine to go down and come up right. With some practice I actually got the hang of it, and experimented with some tricks.
I think a lot of times in our walks with God, it can often feel like a yo-yo. We have a good day when we read the Bible and get a lot out of it. Then a few days later we read and can’t even remember what we read. Or maybe we had a great church service and get really excited about God, but then we head to our home and normal routine, and we start getting involved with our friends and what’s going on, and we start to forget about God. Simply put, it can feel lots of times like your relationship with God is like a yo-yo. There’s lots of ups and downs.
Here’s something to think about if you feel like you’re in an up or down swing in your relationship with God. Here’s a great secret: to have a successful relationship with God you can’t let emotions be your indicator. You might feel goosebumps when you read the Bible one day and absolutely nothing the next. This doesn’t mean that God has left or that there is something wrong with you.
We are encouraged to not walk by what we see or feel but to walk by faith. So if there’s a day when you don’t feel excited about reading your Bible, or that you got much out of it, don’t get discouraged and give up. Rather continue to walk by faith and not be moved by what you see or your feelings.
Dear Lord, help our faith stay strong. We pray that we won’t get discouraged and give up but instead keep pushing to walk by the faith that You have given to us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.