Deep Calls To Deep
The adult who has played in the shallows will yearn for more.
Faith and prayer beg for more. Righteousness calls to be heard.
The more hardship polishes a man's faith, the clearer his grasp of it.
When the soul is downcast and disturbed, when the waves and breakers sweep over a man, it is then that deep calls to deep. (See Psalm 42:5-7) God's Holy Spirit searches out a man's spirit.
The Spirit of God reached into the spirit of man when He invited a worn and desperate Jeremiah to enquire of Him:
Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. (33:3)
Shallows are for the unshaken child, the immature to wade in, to splash and to giggle - not so men.
The depths are for exploration, to dive for those holy mysteries below the waves, to ponder heaven's creatures as yet not seen, and to learn what no child can.
There is a maturing to faith that is only grasped as 'me' is jettisoned, and distress is not fled. Here Heaven parts the waters and its depths are opened.
Heaven does not remain silent to those disturbed, for as with Jonah, God is met in the depths.
It is these people who chase Heaven and not man, who will hear the great and unsearchable things. These God-Chasers find security, feel His gracious promises and are filled with hope. They see light in darkness and receive the good things. They know they now know more, and have received more.
The mature can then echo the Psalmist:
Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)
Today's Soul Snippet:
'The tears of affliction are often needed to keep the faith bright.' ~ C. H. Spurgeon
ENJOY too ~ Sipping Coffee with the Pastor
Did you find this SoulSnack helpful? Would you like to subscribe or forward it to a friend?