2 Corinthians 5: 7, 9 (NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight….Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
To walk in the light of God’s word and strive to live a life pleasing to God takes motivation but we cannot base our motivation to live the Christian life off of any single spiritual experience. To do so is shallow and dangerous because every emotional experience is temporary. Instead we need to base our motivation upon the truth of who God is – despite any emotional evidence. It is certainly true that we can experience a spiritual high at a retreat or after listening to a particularly inspired speaker but if we base our motivation on this experience we will forever be expecting God to repeat the experience or else God somehow risks our disappointment. But God does not work this way. We are expected to walk by faith, not sight (sensory or emotional experiences) and when we do, God does occasionally grant us these spiritual highs. Still, we should see these experiences as blessing, which are special, not ordinary. We need to continue to strive to live a life that is pleasing to God because we stand firm, despite our emotions, knowing that God is real, His creative genius is all around us and this, not our feelings, proves His great love.