Going Deeper with God
Knowing God is more than knowing Him within the context of what each denomination dictates. Having a deeper relationship with God means really delving into what the bible teaches we must all do to be faithful followers, and to do it, rather than following along with the mainstream thoughts without question or truly understanding WHY to believe what one’s own church believes. The description of seeking God is likened to that of the thirst for living water, the same which Jesus promised the woman by the well and to any who follow Him that “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14). With that living water part of our very souls, we are quenched by the spirit and blessed beyond measure. Two hymns come to mind that express the joy of receiving that wellspring of life: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Showers of Blessings”.
What things or circumstances bring us to our knees, craving more of Jesus in our daily walk? When we feel spiritually low, is it because we have reached a plateau in our faith? Does it mean not knowing Jesus more intimately than we should? Is there ever a point where we are considered “spiritually fit”, or is it a life-long mission?
You can talk all you want about spirituality, but only those whose hearts are willing will learn from it. Without a desire, there is no relationship. Those who pay Him lip-service only fool themselves, and are left hollow and without hope on the inside, even if it seems like to others that they are faithful in their service to the Lord. And we know how much God/Jesus hates hypocrisy! Psalm 26:4, Matthew 6:2, Matthew 6:5, Matthew 6:16, Matthew 23:13, 15, 23, and 25.
I love the phrase “God is always previous” (from The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer). What an awesome reminder that God knows our lives and our futures, even before we were born, PLUS He gives us a chance to get things right when we’ve slipped up through our own follies. It makes Christ’s work at the cross even more of a gift. It is stressed that by walking in the Lord, we are not to become complacent, or else we run the risk of depending on others to feed our spiritual desires, rather than God. How often does this hold true – where people are driven to obey their spiritual leaders, because they consider them to be more holy than the average person. How should we look at spiritual leaders? Are they to be esteemed, or just appreciated for what they do to help lead us to seek God for ourselves? What makes a good spiritual leader? I think that anti-Christs focus on what knowledge THEY have that’s right – while true, inspired men and women of God admit they don’t know everything, but are willing to learn and keep an open mind for discussion with others. THEY ARE OPEN TO FORMING NEW OPINIONS AS THEY ARE LED TO BY THE SPIRIT. What makes faith so wonderful is the possibility of learning something new; just like reading the bible, when after having read the same scriptures over and over, you glean something new each time – BUT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE WILLING. Thought to ponder: Is it possible to have similar faith to others, or are there always going to be subtle (or sometimes stark) differences?
Because God is a person, we experience Him with all of our senses and respond with all of our beings. We are led to think of Him through what we see as His handiwork in nature, through miraculous healings, and in song, prayer, or worship. More thoughts to ponder: What Godly characteristics do we all possess that helps others see the Lord in us? How can we strengthen those characteristics?