The thrill is gone

Taste is fickle. You love a certain musical group, but then their appeal fades and you never listen to another one of their songs again. You love a certain restaurant but then lose interest. You go crazy with paintballing or snowboarding or salsa dancing but then drift away.

People drift away from God too. When you are caught up in a spiritual love affair, at first God’s words and ways seem exciting and compelling. You love going to church, love reading your Bible, love praying, and love serving with other Christians. But life happens. You get distracted. You find other passions. You feel disappointed and unfulfilled. The thrill is gone.

It suddenly dawns on you that you are playing Russian roulette with your eternity. Whoa—I could be flirting with hell! What happened to me? Where did my original love go? At times like that, let a repentant sinner named David give you words: ”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me”(Psalm 51:12).

How do you get the joy back? Joy comes from worship. Take inventory of the blessings in your life and give glory to God. Joy comes from serving others. Find pleasure in being part of a service project bigger than you. Joy comes from generosity. Whose life have you made better today? How can you be a broker of God’s mercy to somebody who really needs it?

Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.


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