Lifesavers, dangerous water and Jesus
My husband and his brother, trained as lifesavers at Muriwai, a rugged black sand beach on Auckland’s wild west coast and one of the deadliest patrolled beaches in New Zealand. They learnt how to not only survive in strong dangerous waves surging from big southern ocean swells but how to rescue and resuscitate. Many a hapless soul survived only because they were there.
The voice of Jesus is likened to these powerful ocean surges, currents and rips. It’s a voice that abruptly disrupts our human thinking, opens the door of our prison and overwhelms our fears to go into deeper water.
Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. (Psa. 42:7).
God’s Spirit goes past all the obstacles that would block our communion with Him and touches us in our deepest recesses so that God can have the fellowship with us that He created us for.
When we are adopted as sons by God Himself, God sends His Spirit from the deep recesses within His own Being to reside in our hearts and it is from that deep part in our innermost being that we call out to God as Father, Daddy.
And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” (Gal. 4:6).
This is what Jesus was saying when He declared that when our spirits are filled with His Holy Spirit, then we can respond to the deep parts of God in worship:
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24).
The invitation to go deeper in your relationship with God has been offered to you through the shed blood of Jesus, our lifesaver. He is calling to you from the deep. Just like Ezekiel was invited to tread into deeper water— so have you.
47 Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. 2 Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side.
3 Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits,[a] and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. 5 Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. 6 And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” (Ez. 47:1-6).
All quotations are from the NKJV unless otherwise stated.