God is calling you to explore the depths

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your billows have swept over me. The Lord will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night – a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:7-8
 
Our thought for today: “God is calling you explore the depths”
 
In a previous devotional message in this series, we learned from King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God created us with a sense of eternity in our hearts. Deep down we intuitively know that God exists and that we were made for more than just this lifetime. Yesterday we considered the insight from author Jim Peterson that the Christian life is an adventure of seeking and discovery as we continue to experience God in deeper and more intimate ways. Seeking Him and finding Him is the adventure of living the Christian life.
 
This morning I want to continue that thought by sharing a thought with you from pastor and author Chuck Swindoll. In his great little book “Intimacy with the Almighty: Encountering Christ in the secret places of your life” Chuck writes:
 
“Deep things are intriguing. Deep jungles. Deep water, deep caves and canyons. Deep thoughts and conversations. There is nothing like depth to make us dissatisfied with superficial, shallow things. Once we have delved below the surface and had a taste of the marvels and mysteries of the deep, we realize the value of taking the time and going to the trouble of plumbing those depths. This is especially true in the spiritual realm. God invites us to go deeper rather than to be content with surface matters.”
 
This is what the Psalmist was describing in Psalm 42:7-8. It’s the deep things of God calling to the deep things in man and drawing us to Himself – inviting us to explore the depths of His mysteries. This is that little bit of eternity in our hearts that Solomon wrote about, responding to the call of our Eternal Heavenly Father. It’s the restless heart Augustine wrote about, seeking rest in God. It’s the vacuum in the heart, the empty space that Pascal described which can only be filled by God, seeking to be filled with the presence of God. It’s the deep things of God calling to the deep longing in man and drawing us to Himself.
 
 God is calling to you this morning. He’s speaking to that deep place in your heart. He’s inviting you to come, explore, discover, and be satisfied. Are you listening? Can you hear Him? He doesn’t shout, He whispers. The call is soft, it’s subtle, it’s for those who have the desire to know Him and who are willing to take the time to seek Him.
 
I encourage you to go to Him now. He is calling you.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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