Sunday, January 27, 2019
Fulness ... Waters to Swim In
I want to stay with our theme of these days.
The call to Fullness is the incessant call of the Spirit of God to His own.
This is the destination where we meet with Him.
The process is always the same:
We Seek and God Reveals.
"This is Life eternal, that they might know Thee." (Jn 17.3)
"Eternal" - that dimension of God which is as broad, and as deep as it is long - infinite in all its dimensions ...
"Waters to swim in" says Ezekiel (47.5)
Maybe as we look at the old writers speaking of their "experiences" we somehow limit the revelation - they seem to write of milestones on their spiritual journey, and yet, somehow, it is greater than this.
It is a coming into new life beyond the measure of yesterday's dreams.
It is a quickening like that of the caterpillar being transformed into a butterfly.
It is something beyond my power to describe.
It is the end of a journey of seeking.
It is the fulfillment of a spiritual instinct that drives us to the unknown,
as the instinct of the bird which leaves its nest to fly through time and space to another place, another land.
The nature of the seeking is not important, but the intensity is.
It may be with words or without words, but it will certainly be with tears.
It will lead through impenetrable shades of darkness.
It will be a climb that takes the outpouring of our strength.
It will be a battle, blow by blow, and day by day.
Time after time I remember Job,
the man who plumbed all the depths.
In the midst of his struggle Job looked at God's power displayed and said, "Lo, these are parts of His ways; but how little a portion is heard of Him?" (26.1)
But at the end of it all he came to the place where he could say,
"Now mine eye seeth Thee." (Job 42.5)
Keep on seeking, child of God - He who planted the longing in your soul will be faithful to lead through all that surrounds, through all that impedes, and will surely complete the work He has begun.
Job again, believing in his troubles,
"He performeth the thing that is appointed for me." (23.14)
Or David, "The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me." (Ps 138.8)
God did it for Job,
and he did it for David.
He will do it for us.