Sometimes it’s hard to care. Sometimes you open your Bible and don’t feel the Holy Spirit spurring you to action. Sometimes you just feel apathetic. I know I’ve had days when I don’t feel passionate. Whenever I feel apathy creeping up on my walk with the Lord, I follow these steps.
This is the most important thing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 commands, “Pray continually.” When I am feeling stagnant in my walk, I pray that God would light a fire inside me. I pray that He would ignite an unquenchable thirst in me to know Him more intimately. Whenever you are feeling distant, pray that He would bring you closer to Him. Jeremiah 29:13 promises, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Seek Him, confess your apathy, and ask Him to awaken your soul.
2. Read Encouraging Verses and See His Majesty
Sometimes when I am feeling lost, it’s often because I’ve forgotten just how majestic our God is. I’ve failed to remember how magnificent He is. Psalm 19:1-2 says,
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.”
Get outside and experience God’s glory through His creation. I’ve found that the morning at 8 am is when I feel closest to the Lord. I see His beauty in the crisp morning air when the morning dew still lingers on every surface. Find your time. Sometimes it just takes peaceful time to experience His presence.
3. Praise His Name
When you are feeling distant, put on some of your favorite praise music. I have an album titled, “For Him” that has some powerful music from The Austin Stone and Hillsong. Listening to that playlist can change my attitude completely. It makes me go from being self-centered and grumpy to being joyful and content. Music has the capacity to make your heart do a 180.
Apathy in the Christian’s walk is not how God wants us to live our lives. He wants us to be passionate about Him and to love Him with our whole selves. If you find yourself sliding into apathy, I encourage you to fight it. Revelation 3:16 says, “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Be careful about being a lukewarm Christian. Seeking God daily will help you battle this. Seek Him even if you are not feeling inclined to do so. God will always come through.