When experiencing moments of dejection, alienation, and spiritual dullness, we would do well to seek more heartily after God. Our thirst for him amid the dry places may leave us parched and restricted due to our momentary loss of the direction in which He is leading us. Our experience of loss is difficult, and although it comes to everyone, saint and sinner alike, we may find ourselves saying, like David, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me” (Psalm 42:11).
Nevertheless, even as our soul is cast down, we have reason to be encouraged. Even as our soul may have drifted off course, we are confident that in our search we will find the living God. Yes, while we are going through we again in kinship with the Psalmist, “Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God”. Therefore, shadows will certainly fall, but, we do not have to remain tentative in the quest for God because our seeking will, without fail, end up the place of sure confidence in God.
L. Jerome Jones