Holy Restlessness: Reflections on Faith and Learning
We are never alone on the path of faith, and God is with us helping us take steps forward. An important part of our faith journey is learning how God supports us through the work of the Holy Spirit. One of the ways the Holy Spirit helps us on our faith journey is letting us know when we have made a choice or a decision that does not lead us closer to God. This type of restlessness might show up when we are seeking to center all of our life around God, and we might notice that there are areas of our life that have become the center of our lives instead of God.
It may show up when we realize that God is the center of some of our life, but not all, and the restlessness we feel is God showing us that we are holding too tightly to things or relationships for our worth or value.
Restlessness might appear when we act in a sinful way and hurt ourselves, our relationship with God or our relationships with other people because of something we said or did. As we take a look at our lives this week, notice when the restlessness that appears as the Holy Spirit stinging our conscience and inviting us to act in a different way. But when we try to fill that emptiness within us with someone or something else, we feel restless. Our souls might feel disquiet or uneasiness.
We might feel like something is off. The restlessness we feel is often God speaking to us. Perhaps we took a misstep or made a poor choice.
Maybe we knocked God out of the center of our lives and are trying to replace God with other things. Perhaps our prayer lives have been neglected.
The restlessness we feel is God inviting us and drawing us back to this: letting God be the One who puts our soul at rest. Essentially, when restlessness appears, we need to pause and check our spiritual pulse.
We should ask ourselves:. Reflect: Read Psalm When do you feel shaken or unsteady? When do you know something is off in your life? Is it a feeling of unsettledness? How have you experienced God working within these feelings to draw you closer? Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you readjust areas of your life so that your soul can be at rest.
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