“Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?” (Isa. 63:15)
Why is it that we seem to “cool off” as the years go by, and the original zeal, and excitement we initially experienced when first saved seems to wane and weaken as time goes on? Could it be that man cannot hold on to that excitement for very long before it is swallowed up in the mundane chores and activities of life? Or perhaps it is merely because we are wrapped in thin coat of flesh, and are too weak to be consistent and too lazy to get back the Bethel where we began! No one can stay excited all the time, it is nearly impossible to do so in this world, but how often do we visit the joy of yesterday, and bask in the glory endowed us? What will it take to get us back to that place again where we actually rejoiced in the Lord instead of living by rote and repetition? Let us continually seek the Lord in spite of our misgivings and doubts. Yet, it seems there is a maturity in the Christian life, a “tamed zeal” if you will.
A child is easily excited, sometimes their exuberance is seen in smiles or in jumping up and down, or talking rapidly about the event or object of excitement; whatever way it may manifest itself, we know they are excited. As one matures though, he is more settled, and the excitement has less control over him; he is just as excited, perhaps, as the child, but it is repressed more, and manifested differently; so it is in the spirit realm; I do not question whether it should be so, but I see that it is so.