You Define the Depth
Have you ever felt compelled to get all spiffy’d up, put on your best duds, or perhaps slide into a nice warm jacket, then realize you have no destination in mind, ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go?’
Our relationship with God is like that at times, we read our Bibles, have our devotions, say our prayers, be in attendance at church, yet … that is as far as we get. As deep as it goes. I am guilty of this. It is as if I am waiting for God to make the first move. Not that I am waiting for a burning bush experience or the blinding lights of the road to Damascus. But yes, I think I am waiting for God to shower me with lavishing love and blessings. Don’t get me wrong He does. But. Come on, be honest, in this day and age we expect things to always come OUR way effortlessly. Or push a button and we get INSTANT results.
James says clearly “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (4:8) One of God’s attributes that I strongly appreciate is that of His patience. He longs for us to come to Him, He is waiting. The principle is the same in all relationships, if you want it to be strong and deep, you have to cultivate it, put time and energy into it … PARTICIPATE in it.
Jesus is a wonderful example of this, Matthew chapter 26 … Jesus leaves the crowds. Leaves the disciples. Now with Peter, James and John, it says He went ‘further still’ … He gets away … alone, He falls on His face and prays “FATHER …”
May we too take it a little farther to be alone with the Father. Let’s do some ‘drawing near’. Do we simply wear the snorkel mask for an expected shallow depth or do we prepare – position for a depth of divine proportions?
So today, enjoy your relationship with your God. Don’t merely dip a toe or two SUIT UP! YOU define the depth, call out to Him, seek Him, enter in, draw close to Him. “COME BOLDY to the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16) And He will ….
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)