A few weeks ago, when preparing and researching for a study I was immersed in, I got ‘Squirreled.’ Or so I thought. I came upon an article that spoke of ‘fracking.’ Intrigued, not knowing what it was, soon I was knee deep in engineering terminology, dirt and deep digging. Over the course of the last few months, even a year (or three) my fire and passion for God has increased and after reading these articles I sensed God was showing me why and how. God has/is doing Spiritual fracking in me. Industrially, it is defined as “Hydraulic fracturing (also known as ‘fracking’) using large quantities of water under pressure within a borehole to fracture the rock, creating cracks in the deep-rock, thus releasing the valuable substance of natural gas or petroleum.” We are familiar with the large equipment seen on the flat lands of Texas.
I feel God has been using large quantities of His Spirit under pressure to pierce and crack through my ‘deep-rock.’ Yup, I’m cracked for God! (THAT would make a dandy of a bumper sticker) His fracking is designed to get deep down, deep below all the stuff.
I think it is safe to say, since I am no engineer, the emphasis in fracking is ‘under pressure.’ How many of us could raise our hand that we too have been under pressure. How often do we go to any lengths to escape the pressure? At times we even devil point, stating the pressure we are in is of his doing. Nope. Not all the time. I am persuaded, more than we think; the pressure we are experiencing is indeed, ‘GPZ’ ‘God Pressure Zone’ (Yes, you may now begin to use this in your next texting conversation.) It is in this zone we learn most about …Him.
God is not in the business of simply white washing, slapping some white over us, attempting to cover up the ick, He is in the business of deep deep work, from the inside out. Paul speaks of this: “We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering (God fracking) produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4 Emphasis mine of course) What process, what PURPOSE!
The words Paul uses to mix with this process is fascinating. The word for suffering in the Greek literally means ‘PRESSURE.’ It can be described as to press, compress or squeeze. Can you relate? (God will NOT let up!) Paul says pressure produces the ability to remain under. Liken to holding tight a bandage over a deep wound. Pressure applied secures and holds the process in place. (Read that again) That holding in place for us is perseverance, which is the ability to bear up under, successful staying under. In this staying our character is built. It is here where grace abounds, we see God better, His word bold, His voice more clear. Can I get an AMEN! God’s holy finger ON us! Since Holy Spirit dwells in us, when our hard rock is cracked, HE comes out spilling all over us, the ‘valuable substance.’ Head bowed, heart rendered.
The opposite would be to wriggle out, squeeze our self out from under, but in doing so, the process is not complete. The targeted character does not develop. Interesting word picture, literally the opposite of the word for ‘pressure’ in the Greek is ‘paregoria.’ Placed in context here, it means ‘to sooth, to come alongside.’ When we slither out from under God’s deep working, we seek something ‘other’ – we come alongside it for comfort. A very dangerous place to be.
So the next time we see the large equipment coming down our street and begin to set up in our front yard (I am extremely visual) may we not avoid the Holy process of pressure, or hold up a barrier as to deflect its impact. Folks the only way our character will become His, is IN the process. He not only penetrates deep in our soul, He takes us by the hand and whispers, “It’s because I love you.”
“You’re perfect in all of Your ways
You’re perfect in all of Your ways to us
Oh it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
as You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still into love love LOVE
You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who You are, It’s who You are
It’s who You are
and I’m loved by You
It’s who I am, It’s who I am
It’s who I am.” Song – Chris Tomlin
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)
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