Many Christians look back upon the days which they have passed in communing with the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever known, but as to the present, it is filled with gloom and dreariness.
Once they lived near to Jesus, but now they feel they have wandered from Him. They say “Oh that I were as in months past!” They complain that they have lost their evidences, or that they have not present peace of mind, or that they have no enjoyment in the means of grace, or that conscience is not so tender; or that they have not so much zeal for God.
This mournful state may arise through:
- Neglect of prayer. A neglect of prayer is the beginning of all spiritual decline.
- Idolatry. The heart has been occupied with something else more than God. The affections have been set on things of earth, instead of things of Heaven.
- Self-confidence or self-righteousness. Pride is busy in the heart, and self is exalted instead of lying low at the foot of the cross.
Christian, if you are not now as you “were in months past,” go at once to seek your Master, and tell Him your sad state. Ask His grace and strength to help you walk more closely with Him. Humble yourself and He will give you again the light of His countenance. In Him there is hope, nay there is certainty of recovery for the worst cases.
From: Morning and Evening, by Charles Spurgeon