By Marni Montanez
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
In this verse the author speaks of his spiritual experience with God. The waterfall is one of the most powerful forces on earth that could overwhelm the mightiest soul, and the immeasurable depths of God beckon to our inner self that is much deeper than we know.
In this place of God’s overwhelming presence nothing else is heard and all else seems non-existent. There is something tangible about being swept up in the Spirit of God. He takes over our senses and satisfies our deepest and most profound desires and needs; our greatest need, being to be filled with Him.
Most Christians live in the shallowness of day to day existence, following agendas, meeting responsibilities, but God wants more for us than this. He calls it “abundant” living and He invites us into unchartered territories where we are given the opportunity to ride upon the waves of freedom. God has challenges that will bring us to the edge of the precipice into the next phase of our life. He calls us to the depths of who we are and that is a journey within itself.
Even in those seemingly dull moments when it seems nothing is happening and we are wasting our time, God was dealing with things in your heart that needed to be purged. These waiting periods always lead us to a closer walk with God. We are strengthened and our spiritual eyesight becomes clearer and focused and we no longer have those certain issues clouding our judgment and vision. It is then we are better able to experience the new arena He is taking us into. God has an incredible journey designed for each of us.
The question is “Have we chosen to spend time with our Creator only to become bored and uncomfortable with the silence?
It is in this silence that the deep waters flow. When we allow God to dive deeper into our inner being things within us are unleashed and there is a vulnerability we discover. We have a longing for depth and if we do not receive the filling of His presence within our heart, we will try to fill this place with other things that are temporary and sometimes harmful. Each of us has a silent aching for our Creator that can be buried in the rushing noise of the world. We subject ourselves to stress we were not created for and this ache becomes unnoticeable and ignored, but this deep calling for more of God is innate in us and it takes more energy to ignore this call and push down the hindrances that keep us safely on the surface than it does to succumb to its invitation.
I remember a couple of times where I felt God’s presence so strong that I turned to my friend and said “I feel like I am going to die”. It felt so physical, as the Spirit became like a waterfall over me and the ferocity of His might made it difficult to move. God could crush us with His all-consuming presence, but instead He tenderly steps back and waits for us to want more of Him. We need to dive into this spiritual ocean and allow the powerful sounds of His kingdom to become familiar to us. King David persistently and consistently sought after God and because of this he was allowed an intimacy with God that was unmatched by any other.
My challenge: Are you responding to the call of the deep? What issues within your heart need to be dealt with so that your spirit could dive into the rushing waters of His presence?
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.