Boredom happens to us all.
Spiritual boredom is when you feel spiritual activities are too monotonous to comply with. Prayer, bible study, evangelism, walking in love, attending church meetings etc. are no longer a delight. You are bored when you feel like walking away from your commitment to growing up spiritually. Boredom is a symptom of a shift of focus. Your attention affects your affection. Weariness is as a result of letting down your guard! Such is the most dangerous period of a person’s life. It led David the king of Israel to sleeping with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11). He stayed back in the palace when he should have been at the fore front of a war. He decided to goof around on the roof of his house! He was bored! What a catastrophe! He saw what he shouldn’t have seen, a woman having her bath! One thing led to another, adultery led to murder. Blood flowed…just because someone was bored. Spiritual boredom that is not controlled always leads to fatal consequences.
The devil is waiting for you to slip or sleep then he steps in “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way” (Matt. 13:25). “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8). “Be angry, and don’t sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, and don’t give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27).
Sin looks very attractive when you are bored. You find yourself doing things you didn’t believe you could do. The lie you used to tell once in a while before becomes more frequently told. The parties you stopped attending when you became a believer look more appealing. Then you start hanging out with friends who are bad influences on your spiritual walk. You forget that the scriptures say “Don’t be deceived, corrupt communication corrupts good manners” (1 Cor 15:33) You take more pleasure in watching movies than reading your bible. You miss church meetings more often. Gradually, your spiritual walk begins to regress. And it is like a bite on a juicy apple, usually one bite is not enough! One bite leads to another bite until you finish the apple. Once you taste carnality and you find out nothing happens, no thunder strikes, no immediate consequence of your action(s), it is easier to continue on that path. Once you miss a church service for no genuine reason, it becomes easier to miss the next one, then the next one. Never get to a point where you conscience is dead. When you no longer respond to spiritual stimuli.
Hey! Kill that spiritual boredom before it kills your spiritual walk. You can nip it in the bud before it festers. You can stop this spiral pattern, yes you can! You are born of God. His seed is in you. You are spiritual not because of what you do primarily, it is who you are! You were born spiritual! “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his” (Rom.8:9).
Let me show you how to kill spiritual boredom
Remember there is no condemnation to you. -Rom 8:1
The first thing the devil wants you to believe is that you are too far gone to quit. You can retrace your steps back. You can shake off that complacency! It begins with remembering your true identity in Christ. There is no condemnation to you in Christ Jesus. The Father’s love is greater than your “biggest” flaw! The law of the Spirit in Christ Jesus has made you free from the law of sin and death. The Son of God has made you free and you are free indeed.
Seek godly counsel (Be accountable in your local church) Prov. 11:14, Heb. 13:7,17
Pastors are God’s gifts to us. They help us to navigate our way spiritually. Sometimes, when boredom has led us to dipping our hands into wrong stuffs, we should never think we can handle it by ourselves. When you are stuck, cry out for help! Let someone help pull you out. You can never tell what a word from your spiritual leader will do to your mind. Don’t live in denial. Stop saying everything is fine when you know deep within you all is not well. Mature believers like pastors are spiritual safeguards God has placed in our lives to counsel, instruct and protect us. You will be making the biggest mistake of your life if you think you can deal with spiritual lethargy or apathy on your own.
Work on you value system.
The battle over boredom is won or lost on the ground of your value system. We gravitate in the direction of what we love more. Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me more than all these things? (Jn. 21:15). Whatever you love more will always win when you are tired or weary.
If you truly value spiritual things, that value will straighten you out whenever boredom sets in! Our value is our internal mechanism that pull us out of any wrong path we may drift to.
Apply spiritual discipline
You see, spiritual discipline is when you do spiritual things even when you are less excited about them. You don’t have to feel like doing it before you do it. I pray and study God’s Word as a matter of discipline. I flee from every appearance of evil because the scriptures instructed me to do so. Nothing can be achieved spiritually without exercising discipline.
Bring order to your spiritual walk today!