Recently in my walk with the Lord, I have begun to have an overwhelming realization of how small of an understanding of the power and vastness of Almighty God that I really have.
As the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about this reality, He gave me two pictures to illustrate His point.
The first picture was of a person taking a tram ride through the Smokey Mountains. If you’ve never been to the Appalachian Mountain Range, it provides some beautiful views, but is not quite what you think of in regard to true mountains. They’re more like very, very large foothills.
The second picture was of someone taking a train ride through the Swiss Alps. Now, I’ve never been to the Alps, but I know people who have and I’ve seen pictures. The Smokey Mountains pale in comparison.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Both of these people would probably use the same words to describe what they are seeing (adjectives like beautiful, glorious, magnificent, etc.), but one has a much truer understanding of those words than the other.”
He continued by saying, “For a long time you have called Me glorious, and have called Me beautiful or magnificent or powerful, but you have a limited understanding of the truth of those words. I want to show you the truth of those words to a new degree.”
I believe this is for all of us. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The person on the tram ride in the Smokey Mountains may call their view beautiful and glorious, but they don’t have the same revelation of a glorious view that the person on the train ride in the Swiss Alps has.
The Holy Spirit wants to upgrade our revelation of the power in the name of Jesus. He wants to take our understanding of the Father’s unending, overwhelming love towards us to a deeper level than we even imagined to be possible.
Call to Him, and He will answer. The Word says in James 4:2, “You do not have because you do not ask.” And further on in verse 8 it says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” What a promise!
The great thing about God is that there is always more of Him to have. You can get as close to God as you want to. But for too long we have ascribed adjectives to God’s person with a grossly subpar understanding of the words that we speak.
I am far from having arrived, but I am in a place where the truth of these adjectives that are used in the Scriptures to describe our God are becoming more and more real to me every day.
God wants us to go deeper. Don’t be satisfied with your level of experience. Because when that happens, we begin to lower our theology to the level of our experience. Instead, raise your pursuit of Christ to the standard of the Word. We are not seeking the experience, we are seeking to experience Jesus. May we be able to say as Job said, "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." (Job 42:5)
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