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Recently I have been on quite the internal journey trying to grow deeper in my Faith and following where God is trying to lead me. It has been a journey that, like for many people, is at times a roller coaster ride and an adventure. One of my favorite scripture verses in the Bible is “The spirit searches into all things, even the deep things of God.” (1 Cor. 2:10). My nature has always been one of always wanting to explore, to seek and peer in the unknown or at least the unknown for me. I have always wanted to learn new things and have never been afraid to look “under the bed” at night or walk in the dark: in fact I have always preferred the night and shadows and the quiet that seems to soothe me that I find there. Along the way in my journey, God has answered my prayer of 1 Cor. 2:10 and has not only helped me to let go of baggage that I didn’t need for my journey, healed wounds from my past as I got to places where I was ready to let them go but, HE took me into a deeper understanding of who He is and things that I have read and studied in the Bible have, over the years, begun to take on deeper and deeper meaning. Some will say that it’s “Christian Maturity.” (I hate that phrase by the way.) Some will call it gaining wisdom and to be honest, both may be true but I believe that it is also a reflection of that one verse. The searching of the deeper mysteries and the answering of just one of my many prayers.
The reason I’m sharing this is because I think it’s important, especially in today’s climate and world with the evil that is seeping into every corner of our daily lives, that we remember what Jesus told the Disciples in John 16 vs 5-7 – 5, “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6“ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Jesus is telling the Disciples here that he was going away and sending the Holy Spirit to dwell with us to help guide us and work through us. The part that I’m really focusing on today is that the Holy Spirit that dwells within us also guides us through and to those “Deeper mysteries of God” if we allow ourselves to trust and let go of all the things that weigh us down (or those buttons that the devil uses to cause us to get side tracked or stumble). I believe we should live each day with a sense of adventure and discovery. We should be as relentless in our pursuit of God as he is in His pursuit of us. I also believe God delights and smiles when we discover something new about Him or have, as my wife calls it, “The Light Bulb Moment – the moment where you see someone understand something and it’s like a light bulb lights up in their eyes.” I believe perhaps God smiles and has that same reaction. I believe God desires us to draw closer and discover who He is ever deeper ways.
My hope for those who may be reading this is that you, wherever you may be in life or your journey of faith, dig in deep, be relentless in your pursuit, trust that God will pursue you just as hard and even harder because He loves us that much. Embrace the adventure and know it won’t always be easy, but it’s worth the effort. Remember, God loved you enough to send His Son to die for you so you can count on Him loving you enough to walk with you through this adventure we call life and reveal himself as you continue to walk and grow.
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