What is a Spiritual Sweet Spot?
A "sweet spot" is primarily a sporting term. It refers to the area or point of contact on a bat, racket or other instrument with the ball that yields the most effective result. To me a "spiritual sweet spot" is that place and time in my relationship with God in which I am hiding in him, covered by him, protected within the confines of his love for me and my trust in the truths of his character.
I believe we come into our "spiritual sweet spot" through knowing God and growing closer to Him. We do this by looking closely at truths in God's Word and seeing the nature and character of God and making a choice to trust and rely on him.
Here is a passage that paints a picture of a spiritual sweet spot; it is based on the character and actions of God:
"How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, before the sons of men! You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues." -- Psalm 31:19-20 (NASB)
The sweet spot in this passage is being hidden in the secret place of God's presence, and being kept secretly by God in a shelter. Yes, that is what God does. That is his heart towards us.
My "spiritual sweet spot" is a place of peace, a place of refuge, a place of belonging, a place of learning, and a place of strengthening.
Spiritual Sweet Spots in the Bible
There are some "spiritual sweet spots" described in the Bible. I believe some of the events recorded in scriptures reveal people who are in "spiritual sweet spots."
Among these are: angels tending to Jesus after fasting 40 days and nights; Jesus sleeping in the boat in the midst of the storm; Jesus feeling power leave him in the midst of the crowd; Moses covered by the hand of God in the cleft of the rock; Elijah under the juniper tree in the wilderness being fed by the angel of Lord; two disciples on the road to Emmaus come into a sweet spot with Jesus.
I encourage you to look for more of these spiritual sweet spots in the Bible. They are there, and they will encourage you.
Sweet Spot Truths
Listed below are some truths about the character of God that can lead you into the "sweet spots" of your relationship with Him.
Truth: God is personally involved in your life. There are times when I forget this, when things seem on fast forward in my life or when I am facing a painful challenge or wrestling with a character sin. In the midst of the struggle or pain, I have sometimes asked, "Where are you God? Do you know about this? Do you care?" Here are a few passages that remind me of this truth.
Psalm 56:8 (NLT) – "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." (God knows about our hurts and he cares intimately).
John 10:3 (NLT) – "The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out." (Jesus is the Good Shepherd always watching over his sheep. He is so personal that he knows us by name and leads us. He is a faithful shepherd, even when I don't see his leading or feel it. He is there).