“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” ~ James 4:8

It inevitably will happen. You dig in and commit to knowing God more. You get in the habit of spending time with God through prayer and Bible study. A few days or weeks will go by, and then you will start to get bored with it. You will be distracted more easily, and it will be easy to find an excuse to do something else.

It feels in every way like burnout. If this were a regular habit like a diet or exercise program, this is the point where you would quit.

You know it’s not just a habit. Knowing God is the absolute most important thing about you. And it’s not just burnout. This isn’t just any other type of activity: it’s a spiritual one. You are getting pushback from spiritual forces that do not want you to know God. So what do you do?

You press in.

Ask God for help. This is a prayer that he will absolutely answer.

Dan DeHaan’s The God You Can Know is one of my all-tine favorite books. In it he talks about being a teenager in Michigan and getting to that very place in his walk with God. Instead of giving up, he got creative. He found a book on systematic theology and began to study it. Then he would go out onto a frozen lake in Michigan and praying about what he had just read. God responded and gave him a hunger for study and an understanding of God like never before.

If you get to that place of spiritual pushback, it’s time to get creative. Ask God to give you a desire to get to know him more, and ask him for ideas on how to do it. You might not have a frozen lake that’s convenient, but you could go for a walk in the woods. You might not want be ready to read a thick theology book, but there could be a new book you could read that gives you a fresh outlook on things.

Most of all, remember that God has promised that if you draw close to him, he will draw close to you. And God keeps his promises.

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