Most people I know regard spring as their favorite season. Especially after a very harsh winter. People are looking forward to the warmer temperatures and longer days. They delight in the visual beauty of budding trees, blooming flowers and greening grass. They enjoy the sweet songs of birds that greet the morning after the long silence of winter. They notice that even the air takes on a new and fresh aroma. Spring really is a season of renewal. It seems that God in His creative genius has designed the earth to function smoothly with this season of renewal built into His system. Aren’t you glad for spring?
Just as the earth needs this season of renewal I believe God’s people need a springtime as well. Even though we may know Christ as our Savior, Christians have a tendency to go through times that can be described as a winter of the heart. Their love for Christ grows cold, their growth in the Lord stops, and even their songs of praise become silent. It is at this particular time that God desires us to experience a spiritual renewal, a springtime of the soul, a revival of the heart. The Psalmist asked a question in Psalm 85:6. He said: “Will You not revive us again: that Your people may rejoice in You?”
Perhaps you may sense that you desperately need this renewal in your own life. It doesn’t come automatically like April showers and May flowers. It takes action on our part. A spiritual revival starts when we humble ourselves and pray for God to renew us. It requires a confession and a forsaking of sin on our part. It calls for us to seek God with our whole heart and determine to live in obedience to His Word.
Spring can be just around the corner for you. You don’t have to live in the barrenness of a spiritual winter. The flowers of joy, the green growth of a fresh walk with Christ, and the sweet songs of praise await you. Why not allow God to create a springtime in your soul today?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation