"My God reached down from the heavens, dipped his finger into the depths of my being, and began to rouse in me a desire for a real relationship with him." [Book "One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land” by Priscilla Shirer]
Yeah. I know.
Mrs Shirer explains that she became sad at the daily 'chore' of the spiritual disciplines such as prayer and bible study because "He just wasn’t knocking my socks off anymore, and I wasn’t sure why.”' (source)
I'll tell you why. When people rely on spiritual experience and not biblical knowledge to maintain their relationship with Jesus they always succumb to the law of diminishing returns. Art Azurdia spoke about this in the series by Todd Friel called Drive By Discernment. "A pastoral concern is that the spiritual development of well-meaning Christians easily falls prey to law of diminishing returns. Today's enthusiasm becomes tomorrow's bore. Today's spiritual ecstasy this week will need to be out-done next week. You've seen it, the ordinary gives way to the unusual, the unusual gives way to the extreme, the extreme gives way to the ridiculous, and eventually it always leads to the same end: emptiness."
What do you do when Jesus just doesn't knock your socks off anymore? When salvation by His blood gets old? When His death on the cross for our sins just doesn't rouse us like it used to? When His glorious resurrection isn't feeling the way it did before? When the thrill is gone?
Oh, how sad that Jesus isn't enough for so many women!
[Priscilla] "grants that the Bible is shot through with romantic language describing the relationship between God and his people (the church, after all, is the bride of Christ). Throughout Christian history, men as well as women have written erotically about their relationship with God — especially medieval monks, who wrote more commentaries on the Song of Solomon than almost any other book of the Bible." (source)
I've written before of the 'Jesus is my boyfriend' problem in evangelical female circles. With new generations of women bible preachers and teachers like Mrs Shirer wielding influence on a national stage, it doesn't look like the problem isn't going away anytime soon.
Sisters, Jesus is NOT your boyfriend or your lover. Learn about Him by reading His word. By knowing about Him, studying Him, and by living a Christian life full of love for brethren and good deeds in His name. And for all of our sakes and sanity too, let your husband do the socks knocking.