Every person has within them a longing and thirsting for God. They may not know that is what it is, if they are not born again. And some that are born again, do not realize that is what it is either. They just feel unsettled and lacking in something and may not realize it is a hunger for the
“Deep Places in God”
What do I mean by this? That is what I hope to teach you in these lessons.
As Christians, when we first got saved, we had a hunger and a desire to know God. We were enthusiastic and ready to learn. We devoured all we could find that would help us gain this knowledge. But for some reason, somewhere along the way,
we lost that first hunger and desire and reached a place where we felt it was enough. So we stayed there. The desire may still have been there, but not the drive to fulfill it and finally, we became complacent, and satisfied that we had found our place in God.
But I am sure that each of us knows, that this was not as it seemed. That deep down in our souls, we knew that there was more. That the deep part of us was crying out for the deep part of God and somehow, could not get there. And if we don’t get to those deep places, we will never be satisfied or fulfilled in our Christian walk.
What are the Deep Places in God?
This is getting to know the heart of God. Getting to know Him in a way you never have before. It is reaching down into your inner most being and connecting to God’s inner being and becoming one with Him. Until we can come to this place, we will never really “Know” God in the way He wants to be known. We will always feel like there is something missing. That we just are not where we want to be or should be, in Him.
So how do we get there? How do we get to the Deep Place in God?
Psalms 42:1 As the dear pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you O God.
Now picture a dear running. He is tired and thirsty and he is panting, looking for water to quench his thirst. Feel how dry
his mouth is. Nothing will satisfy until he can drink from the water by the brook.
Is this how you feel about God? Do you thirst this way for His
Word, for His presence?
Verse 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Until we get to a place where our soul thirsts like this for God, we will not reach the deep places in God. We will continue in our walk as we are, never fulfilling
everything that God has for us. Never coming to that intimate place in God where we communicate with Him constantly and His thoughts are our thoughts.
How do we get that thirst back?
Psalm 63 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek you. My soul thirsts for you; My flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the Sanctuary, to see your power and your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better then life. My lips shall praise You. Thus will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
We must seek the Lord. All around us may be dry and thirsty, but if we seek after the Lord,
Early, we will be satisfied. Look for God in the Sanctuary. Come expecting, and He will be there in His Power and Glory.
The Sanctuary is anywhere that you have set aside, to seek the Lord. That special place where you take the time to get into His presence.
You will never come to a place in the Deep Places of God, if you do not seek Him. He is not hiding, but He wants you to come to Him. He will not force you to become close to Him. That is your free will. If you want to continue on the way you are going, you can. But if you really want to know Him, if you really want to know His heart and His perfect will for you, you must seek Him. As you seek Him, you will begin to hunger for more. You will no longer be satisfied with your life the way it is. You will want to be with Him, more then any other place. Praise and Worship will be a way of life for you.
And you will begin to know God as He needs to be known.
All of us have a need to be understood. If we try to
communicate with others and they just don’t seem to be getting what we are
saying, it can be frustrating. We want to have people understand us and not
misinterpret the things we say and do. And many times that does not happen.
People get upset with us because they do not really know us. Because if our
intentions are pure, and they really knew us, they would know and see that we
only want the best for them.
Well it is the same way with God. He wants us to understand Him. He wants us to know Him and that He has only the best for us. People blame God for things, because they do not really know Him. Because if they knew Him and His
Word, they would also know that He is not capable of doing the things they accuse Him of. He wants us to know how loving He is and that His word is all powerful and that it can overcome anything that this world throws at us.
Do you want to get to know God this way? Do you want His thinking to be your thinking? Do you want the answers to your questions?
Then you need to let the Deep in you, cry out to the Deep in God and He will answer. He will take you to places in Him that you have never been before. You will understand the scriptures like you never have before. And most important, you will know Him!