Awhile back, a Christian friend told me that I needed to “go deeper” with God.
She told me this when I was in some difficult times. At first I was baffled and then I was offended. I did bible studies, I prayed, I loved the Lord. Wasn’t that enough?
Then one day I was studying Proverbs 31 and I came to understand what “abiding” in the Lord meant. It confirmed what my friend had told me – that I needed to “go deeper” with God.
The next morning, I was on a run, and I told God “I want to go deeper with you, but I don’t know how. You have to help me. Show me. Teach me. Change me.” I prayed and I waited.
Over the next few days,
I started thinking about the Beatitudes in the book of Mark. I realized that I never really understood this passage and I strangely became driven to understand it. The Holy Spirit was nudging me. I started to look into it and felt like a detective investigating a mystery.
Jesus said in the Beatitudes:
“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.” (Luke 6:20-23)
I wasn’t poor, or hungry, or hated. Does this mean I won’t be blessed? I looked up the meaning of the words in the passage to see what it really meant.
And then it hit me…
‘Poor’ in Greek refers to a beggar who obtains his livelihood by begging. It pictures him in a posture of humility as he asks for provision and then waits for someone to have mercy.
Here are some lessons I learned from my investigation.
How I learned to “go deeper” with God:
- Talk to God from my heart, from a position of true humility.
- Tell Him I want to go deeper with Him, that I want to know him better.
- Be honest with Him – if I don’t know how to do it, tell Him that.
- Follow my curiosity – if there is something I don’t understand in the Bible, look into it.
- Look up words in the concordance / dictionary to gain understanding.
- Take time to meditate on what I find in my study.
- All I have to do is ask! When I feel a need, just like a beggar, all I have to do is ask God to provide for me. spiritual, emotional, physical, or relational needs.
- Rely on Jesus to meet these needs.
- Wait for it, and expect God to show up.
- Believe that He will provide for me, and will provide for me abundantly.
- Instead of seeing my need as a weakness, see it as an opportunity to develop inner strength through the Lord. Jesus said “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)
To sum this up, I stumbled into a deeper relationship with the Lord. I’m so glad my friend was forthright with me. I have so much joy as I am learning how to abide in the Lord. I’ve just taken one giant step, and I encourage you to go deeper too. It might feel strange, but have confidence. The Lord is there. He is waiting for you.
Here are some things that helped me:
- Strong’s Concordance with Vines Expository Dictionary. Get it here
- Proverbs 31 Bible Study. Because of Jesus by Connie Witter. I cannot tell you how much I love this bible study. Get it here
- Bible verse: Matthew 7: 7-11
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened… If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (Matthew 7: 7-11)
Need some more encouragement? Read my Victory is Waiting for You post.