There is something else we learn about God from his creation of “swarms of living creatures.” God longs to fill the depths of our lives with his living Glory. Even though God breaks up the depths of our hearts after we see his light, it takes longer for the depths of our being to be filled with his Glory. Once our depths are filled there is always something new and fresh to draw up. As Proverbs 18:4 says, “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook” (KJV).
God’s glory is manifold: it is full of colour, splendour and uniqueness. There is always more to discover. And as God causes your inner life to teem, more of his Glory becomes deposited into your being.
The wise person is one who knows how to draw up the hidden glory in a believer’s heart just as marine biologist has the skill to extract unique specimens from the sea. Proverbs also states: “Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out” (Proverbs 20:5, NKJV). A person of understanding sees deeper than the surface and much further than the waves that crash against the shore. They realize that God’s Word may be locked up in a human heart and it is their responsibility to search for it. They cannot always seek the heavenly Word in solitude, they must engage in fellowship with others to draw his Word out of them. This is one of the reasons God places us in community with others. It is also the calling of the younger in faith to draw out wisdom from spiritual fathers.
However there is a caution, a grave and alarming caution: in the deep lie many creatures that are hostile to life––sharks, killer whales, piranhas and the like. Similarly, in our hearts there may lay many unseen things that threaten spiritual life (suppressed sin) like jealousy, envy, pride and prejudice. The wise person, who knows where to fish and what places to avoid, will also avoid these hazards. David relates it like this: “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers” (Psalm 1:1, NIV).
Let us be warned that the deeper life is a journey fraught with danger and pitfalls. The deeper life is God’s will for us, but a safe exploration is only possible through the navigation that comes from Scripture and the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Through both the Spirit and the Scripture the “pearl of great price” may be found (Matt. 13:45-46).
Job also declares:
“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?…God understands the way to it and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to man, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding” (Job 28:12, 23-28, NIV).
Prayer: Father, fill my depths so that they are teeming with your life. Let me go deeper in you and keep me from the dangers of the deeper life. Give me the fear of the Lord, in Jesus’ name.