Deep calleth unto deep. Psalm 42:7
Men and women who have effected the world in profound ways walked with God through the valley of the shadow of death. David spent years living in caves running for his life. Jonah encountered God in the belly of a fish. Paul was jailed and beaten numerous times in his ministry. Then of course there was Jacob who walked with a limp after wrestling with God returning from his exile. Prayerfully none of us will experience these kinds of obstacles in our walk with God but the fact remains, we are able to help people from the encounters we have had with the Lord in the difficult times of our lives. This last year we can say all of us have passed through some of those deep places in life. Has the Lord met you during this season? When difficulties arise one of two things happen, we draw close to the Lord and find help or our heart begins to harden and the Lord seems far off. Here is how Watchman Née describes walking through these deep places.
“Only deep can answer deep. Nothing that is merely of the shallows can respond to the depths, and only what goes deep in us can meet the deep needs of others. If we want to help those who are passing through floods, we must have been through floods ourselves. Have we a history of God’s secret dealings, or does what men see represent all we have got? Many of us are shallow. We only seem to grow outwardly, with nothing in reserve. If we choose to live on the surface of things, we may be of some help to folk in need, but the happiness we bring them will pass. We shall not have been able really to meet them where they are. Paul had a secret he kept for fourteen long years, and what help has its eventual disclosure brought! When we have found God speaking to us in the depths, then it is we possess treasures of darkness to share with others in their hour of trial.”
So how would you characterize your Christian experience? Have you taken a deep dive because of the challenges of life or are you paddling in the shallows? Two things will happen when you dive deep. First, God will meet you and you will experience peace and comfort in your storm. Secondly, you will have authentic power and compassion to minister to the hurting in your world. So what are you waiting for? Take a deep dive, the Lord is waiting for you there