The title of this series of devotions is, “Going Deep”. In the next six days we will be looking at ways to go deep with our God. We will discuss how to go deep in the Word, in trusting God, in obedience, in God’s understanding, and in prayer. I pray this series blesses you and draws you ever nearer to the heart of our Father.
In Psalm 107 we read of those who are called out upon the waters, to the ships. Those who are called to these places and are willing to go get to see the great works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep places. “They see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep” Psalm 107: 24. These are called to a great depth with God and they respond to this calling by stepping out in faith. These are the ones who get to see God quiet the raging storm, bring them out of their distress, and guide them to their destinations. They get to see God working as He turns rivers into a wilderness for the wicked, and a wilderness into pools of water for the righteous Psalm 107: 23-38. They get a front row seat to watch God actively caring for His people.
There is a cost to this depth of relationship with God. The cost is self. There must be a casting away of personal ambitions and desires. There must be a laying down of our own dreams. There must be a death to self in order to make room for the life of Christ. There must be a surrender of the physical body upon the altar of sacrifice Romans 12: 2. There must be a cleansing of heart through the process of sanctification (where God cleans us up in order to use us for His service). There must be a purification of thoughts.
In addition to this, there must be a stepping out in faith in response to the call into the deep places. This has to be a demonstration of trust in our Lord because the deep places are often the unknown places. In Psalm 27 we find David’s response to this call, “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” When God invites us to seek Him, our response must be, “Yes, Lord, Your face I will seek.”
God is looking for willing hearts. He is looking for those who will answer affirmatively to His call. There’s a song I sang as a girl which says, “Here I am Lord, is it I Lord? I have heard You calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.” This song has stuck with me through the years. It’s based on Isaiah 6: 8 which says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” God is looking for those who will say together with Isaiah, “Here am I! Send me.”
In this way we step out into the deep places with Christ. We move out onto the water. Each time we demonstrate a willing heart and answer in the positive with a, “Yes Lord,” we move further out. We step beyond ourselves and out into Christ. And as we do this, as we enter further into the depths…God meets us there and shows us His wonderful working in hearts and lives. He shows us more of His character, His goodness, and His mercy. He brings us through the storm to our destination. Is there a cost in going deep with Jesus? Yes, but it is well worth it to get to know our Savior more intimately. All for Jesus! May we be willing and open to God. May the answer of our heart to His call be, “Yes, Lord,” today.