Into The Deep

tumblr_omdkixBsgi1s91yx0o1_500August 2, 2017

Launch out into the deep (Luke 5:4).

How deep He does not say. The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore, and the greatness of our need, and the apprehension of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep, not in the shallow water.

So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God. We are to launch out into the deep of God’s Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean meaning in them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow.

Into the deep of the Atonement, until Christ’s precious blood is so illuminated by the Spirit that it becomes an omnipotent balm, and food and medicine for the soul and body.

Into the deep of the Father’s will, until we apprehend it in its infinite minuteness and goodness, and its far-sweeping provision and care for us.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless summer sea, in which we bathe and bask and breathe, and lose ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence.

Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, marvelous answer to prayer, the most careful and tender guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of our events.

Into the deep of God’s purposes and coming kingdom, until the Lord’s coming and His millennial reign are opened up to us; and beyond these the bright entrancing ages on ages unfold themselves, until the mental eye is dazed with light, and the heart flutters with inexpressible anticipations of its joy with Jesus and the glory to be revealed.

Into all these things, Jesus bids us launch. He made us and He made the deep, and to its fathomless depths He has fitted our longings and capabilities.
–Soul Food

Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each;
Enough forevermore.

The deep waters of the Holy Spirit are always accessible, because they are always proceeding. Will you not this day claim afresh to be immersed and drenched in these waters of life? The waters in Ezekiel’s vision first of all oozed from under the doors of the temple. Then the man with the measuring line measured and found the waters to the ankles. Still further measurement, and they were waters to the knees. Once again they were measured and the waters were to the loins. Then they became waters to swim in–a river that could not be passed over. (Read Ezekiel 47).

How far have we advanced into this river of life? The Holy Spirit would have a complete self effacement. Not merely ankle-deep, knee-deep, loin-deep, but self-deep. We ourselves hidden out of sight and bathed in this life-giving stream. Let go the shore-lines and launch out into the deep. Never forget, the Man with the measuring line is with us today.

@wearywithsorrow

Cathey Lynn

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Samson’s Prayer

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August 2, 2017

As I reflect upon Samson’s story, it ponders my thoughts of his life. He had three wife’s but Delilah was the one whom he deeply loved. They all betrayed him for their on greed. These women truly had a heart of stone. I just can’t imagine how cold humans can be. I thank the good Lord he chose me as one of his elect and gave me the heart of love.

Samson’s end in Judges 16 comes as a tragedy but not as a surprise. As in Judges 14, we find Samson’s weakness for women getting the best of him here in Judges 16, first in a Philistine prostitute in Judges 16:1–3 and then in Delilah, a Philistine woman who loved her people more than she ever loved Samson. Also, just as the Philistines had used Samson’s wife in Judges 14 to learn the secret of Samson’s riddle, the Philistines here use Delilah to learn the secret of Samson’s strength in exchange for 1,100 pieces of silver (Judg. 16:5).

Samson seems to perceive exactly what is happening, so he tells Delilah all kinds of lies about the source of his strength. Eventually, Delilah’s unceasing demand for information presses hard on Samson, so that “his soul was vexed to death” (Judg. 16:16), and Samson finally reveals the source of his strength as the length of his hair. Treacherously, Delilah shaves Samson’s head that very evening, and the Philistines capture Samson, gouge out his eyes, and bind him as a slave in Gaza.

All hope is not lost, however. Instead, the story turns on the line in Judges 16:22: “But the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaved.” At a great feast to the Philistine god Dagon, when 3,000 men and women are gathered under a single roof, Samson has one final opportunity to fulfill his calling as judge of Israel. Sacrificing himself, he prays, “O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me only this once, O God, that I may be avenged on the Philistines for my two eyes” (Judg. 16:28). With that, he breaks the two center pillars supporting the Philistine house, killing more Philistines in that one act than he had done in his entire life (Judg. 16:30).

This, then, is where we see the story of Jesus shining forth most clearly in the life of Samson. Jesus also was sold for pieces of silver as he pursued a treacherous bride, and Jesus also gave up his own life in order to save his people. But as with the rest of Samson’s story, Jesus looks far better. When Jesus went to the cross, he did not ask God to take vengeance on the people who committed violence against him—rather, he prayed that his Father would forgive them (Luke 23:34).

And while Samson only judged Israel for twenty years, Jesus will reign for all eternity. Today, Jesus calls his bride—that is, he calls us, who, like Delilah, sold him out through our sins and transgressions to be crucified at the hands of wicked men—to repentance and faith as we wait for him to return to destroy all the false gods in this world once and for all.

@wearywithsorrow