What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear . . . he will also provide a way out . . . 1 Corinthians 10:13
Loneliness magnifies our problems and change become inconceivable. In the rut, we’re fed a constant diet of lies:
This doesn’t happen to others
No one else can understand what’s happening to me
There is no way out
With each lie, we withdraw from community and put on a superficial mask. “Please ignore this train wreck I call my life. Kindly move along, nothing to see here.”
Since the beginning of time, God’s people have gone through spiritual ruts, times of dryness and distance from God. While the rut may be new to you, it’s not new for God. He knows how to meet you in the dry places and draw you closer to him. Every mature believer you know has experienced a spiritual rut. You are not alone! There is great comfort here, it’s waiting to be found. Take heart that you’re not alone, there is a way out.