“My eyes are dry My faith is old My heart is hard My prayers are cold…”
These are the lyrics to a song titled “My Eyes Are Dry” written and performed by the late Keith Green. I have seen this hardness of faith happen to people around me. These are people that I love, people that I have pastored, and it drives me to my knees. But why does this happen?
A few weeks ago I watched an interview with Bible teacher Beth Moore. She was speaking of her own healing…her love for the Lord and her love for the Word of God.
“He was working on this layer and then this layer…All of us have had other things in our lives that He healed (finger snap) just like that. But I truly think that God’s point with us in those particular situations is His supremacy, His power. Then we might get to experience something instantaneous. But if it’s His sufficiency…I want you to know me, I don’t want you to know just your healing, I want you to know your healer, I want you to fall in love with my Son…that happens over time.”
Many people feel God doesn’t move fast enough. Sadly, some have rebelled, grown hard toward God, thinking, He is distant, He doesn’t care. But in light of Beth Moore’s observation in her own life, have we sold the love of God short?
If you find yourself in such a place ask yourself; What is God trying to show me? If it is His sufficiency… it is going to take time. There are no shortcuts. If you get real honest with yourself, the deeper lessons of life are learned over time.
As I have gotten older, I understand now more than ever the incredible importance of being teachable. Without it, you become old, bitter and die, regardless of age.
Let me remind us all, God loves us. And He tells us in His Word, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 esv) He will never leave us, but we can push Him away. And when we do, the above condition begins to set in…slowly, but surely.
Keith’s song asks, “So what can be done with an old heart like mine?” Listen to the attached clip of the song. Cry out to God, ask His forgiveness, receive His love.
Loved ones, distancing ourselves from the Lord is never the answer…drawing close is. He loves you.
Pastor Joe Santucci