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Saturday, May 24, 2008

DEEP UNTO DEEP

Job 12:22 says God discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. The Hebrew description of deep in this passage means to be so deep that it is profound.



I have experienced this profound depth and darkness at times in my life. It is usually after a blessing has been bestowed upon me from the Father or after real time of blessing while reading and praying. The enemy is relentless in his effort to steal any joy or security I have as a follower of Christ.



In Psalm 42:7 King David cries, "deep calleth unto deep at the noise of Thy waterspouts: all Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me."



This usage of the word deep in the original Hebrew means depth like an abyss, or a surging mass of subteranean water supply. I have all felt as if His billows, His waves were more than I can handle. By His grace and kindess toward me, as I mature in Him, at times I experience a greater deepness of waves and billows. This is not an unusual occurance and from time to time we should expect this to happen. I rest assured that my salvation is secure in Christ Jesus. The deep waves and billows serve a purpose in the process of growing mature in Him.



In Psalm 92: 5 David again speaks of the depth of God; he says, " O LORD, how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very deep. Again, a very profound depth is infered. At times, I have no idea what He is up to; but He is in control.



The Prophet Daniel says God revealeth the deep and secret things; He knoweth what is in the darkness and the light dwelleth in Him. This debth Daniel speaks of is a strange, unsearchable, profound deepness. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:10 that God has revealed the things God has prepared for those who love Him, for the Spirit searchest all things, yea, the deep things of God.



Oh the depth, the width, the unsearchable ways of our God! He is in total control; even more so these days when things seem so out of control.



There is also a depth in the Book of Ezekiel, Chapter 34. Ezekiel has a vision of the river that flows from the Temple of God. As he is led into the water, at first he is ankle deep, then in water up to his knees, then up to his loins, then it is so deep that he could not pass over! The waters were rising, Ezekiel says. There were waters to swim in! It turned into a river that could not be passed over.



Rich, living, deep waters that brought life and joy where only death and dryness once existed. Everything the water from the Temple of God touches comes to life.



As we grow deeper in Him and dig into the depths and knowledge of His purposes and desires as revealed in His word, we will find ourselves with waters so deep we can swim and never touch bottom again! Underneath us are His everlasting arms.

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