Devotional for Thursday January 18th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “(For my determined purpose is) that I may know Him – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding (the wonders of His person) more strongly and more clearly.” Philippians 3:10 (Amplified Bible)


Our thought for today: “Go deep with God”


Yesterday I made the case that in order to have a life that is truly healthy and balanced in all the right ways, we have to start with God. A deep and healthy relationship with God is the foundation upon which a balanced and healthy life must be built. I want to continue thinking about that today.


Probably my favorite book of all time regarding the pursuit of a deeper relationship with the Lord is a tiny volume called “Intimacy with the Almighty” by Chuck Swindoll. He 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.”


That’s what Paul was writing about in Philippians 3:10. He wanted more of God. He wanted to know God and experience Him at a very deep level. But getting to experience God like that takes time and effort on our parts. We have to want it and we have to work for it. Swindoll goes on:


“Clearly, our Lord operates in realms far beyond our ability to comprehend, but He longs for us to explore and experience that which is beyond the obvious. Some of His best truths, like priceless treasures, are hidden in depths most folks never take the time to search out. Our loss! Patiently and graciously He waits to reveal insights and dimensions of truth to those who care enough to probe, to examine, to ponder.”


This morning I want to challenge each of us to consider how deep our relationship with the Lord really is. Have we become content with superficial experience and mere cultural Christianity? Or, like Paul, do we yearn and thirst for more of God, and are we willing to invest the time and put forth the effort to meet Him in deeper places? I want to encourage you to go deep with God. It takes time. It takes effort. But you will discover it was well worth it.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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