I want to start this blog be reminding those who have an active relationship with God to understand we always have sufficient grace for eternal salvation and this grace is sufficient to help us resist spiritual desolation.
Also, we need to understand that even though God does permit spiritual desolation, God never, never causes it.
I did not always understand these truths. I almost let desolation lead me to end my life. I fact I did commit a serious attempt at doing so.
How we think about spiritual desolation is crucial in building up our ability to resist it. If we are unaware desolation will grow. If we are not actively resisting, desolation will grow. It is important to see spiritual desolation for what it is, an attack by an enemy we cannot see. Spiritual desolation is a trial for our trust of God. It is a battle for our souls that we have been entrusted to fight.
When we grasp this truth we are able to give our pain and suffering meaning. When spiritual desolation appears as an empty pain we are likely to succumb to it. Meaning gives us courage to endure.
Spiritual desolation often creates an “I can’t” mindset. God tells us we can. “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Cor. 12:9 NRS)
When experiencing spiritual desolation we are given an opportunity to grow. How do we develop patience? We develop it by being patient. How do we grow in prayer? We grow in prayer by praying. How do we grow in love? We grow in love by loving. How do we grow in resisting spiritual desolation? We grow by being aware, understand, and responding to spiritual desolation by depending on the grace God gives us to overcome.