Diving In

cliff-diving

‘Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfall; all your waves and breakers have swept over me’ – Psalm 42 v 7

I believe it’s time to dive in. Get immersed. Go deep into the things of God.

The definition of immerse is to dip or cover completely… to involve deeply in an activity (Oxford English Dictionary). If ever there was a year to immerse ourselves in the things of God, this is the year. As a wise person stated in ages past; ‘there is no time like the present’.

A friend of mine commented recently that I was too ‘deep’, she had witnessed me breathing a quick prayer to God for help with getting a door unjammed (it immediately did!). My first response was to defend myself, explain why I had prayed and point out that it didn’t hurt to pray about practical things. Later however, I reflected on my response. Why had I felt the need to defend myself? Wasn’t involving God in every area of my life a good thing?

When did it become ‘too deep’ to ask God for help with the everyday aspects of our lives?

The art of practising the presence of God is just that- practise. The more we talk to God and include Him in our lives, the more aware we will become of His presence. Awareness of Him has a direct impact on our thoughts which eventually filters through to our actions and the things we decide to do with our lives.

Let’s dive into:

  • The love of God; Luke 10 v 27 challenges us to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strengths.

Ephesians 3 makes it clear that the love of God has many facets- it is high, wide, long and DEEP.  Just when we think we know what God’s love is, He reveals another facet to us.

  • Spiritual Gifts; 1 Corinthians 14 advises us to follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts.

Do we know what our spiritual gifts are? Are we growing in them?

  • Our Calling; Ephesians 5 v 17 gets straight to the point ‘Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is’.

We must reflect regularly on our lives and ask ourselves if we are really doing all we can to walk worthy of the calling to which we have been called… His grace is sufficient to help us with this.

  • Seeking God; Isaiah 55 v 6 gently warns us to seek the Lord while He may be found, and call on Him while He is near. Now is the time, He is near.

God has promised us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us!

Now is not the time to dip our toes… Dive right in.

Have you gone to the deep end?

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