A few years ago, were at the tail end of a series the preacher came to me for a review, I said
I was not there for most of the series.
Why? he asked.
I am looking for something deeper and a greater connection to God and it is not here,
You missed the whole series?
Most of it,
I was out visiting another congregation
Like I said, I want more and a deeper connection to God
You know, when people say they want more of God, that is when they get into cults.
What do you mean?
That is how you will get lost and never come back to faith.
Do you mean that we should just settle for whatever is served?
No! I am saying that when people are dissatisfied it is room for the devil to come and deceive you.
What happens when my heart tells me there is more to find out about God?
You manage it, and remain in the safe congregation you have found.
Like this one?
Yes! Like this one.
I laughed because I knew I could no longer remain in this place.
I could not be in a place that encouraged me to be complacent about my walk with God. To deny the calling of God and depth he is calling me to so that I keep the status quo and dumb down to the standards of those who didn’t see what I could. How could I stay there when my desire to know God deeper was being ridiculed by a key leader? Why stay? Would I grow or stagnate if I stayed? I would definitely stagnate and I am not willing to do so.
I remained connected with my congregations and took it upon myself to submit to the teach of different servants of God who knew that the measure of their congregation was a people who sought God more and beyond them, They encouraged the congregation to tbe deeper integrated to God and always seeking to understand the height, the length, the depth and the breadth of his love, compassion and will.
You guessed right…I moved on.
I was reminded of this scripture…” 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you [c]ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John !4:12-14
Surely if I am ordained to be greater than Christ there is room for more. There is room for more prayer, meditation, study of the word, discussion, communion, dealing, refusal to let go of the word no matter what or how bleak life is. He says that if I ask for anything in His name He would give it so surely wouldn’t he give me more of himself if I asked for that?
There was so much more I needed to learn.
Scripture is clear that:
- God is husband to the widow, father to the fatherless, friend to the friendless.
- God is the first and last, the Alpha and Omega.
- God is all knowing and provides all.
- God is the one we can lean on in every circumstance.
- He is all knowing, all reliable and never forgets.
- He loves us like a mother loves her son, who she cannot forget.
Why on earth would I deny His power to teach me and grown me with or without external interference. I think of David who could see God in all he die and heard. I think of Daniel, the three Hebrew boys, Tabitha, Priscilla and Aquilla who were working to build their fortune and use the resources raised for the work of God. This caught me because many times when we do know there is more on the table being served from God’s table there is resolution and accountability, and we will grow to the fullest we can be.
Do not let another steal God’s plan for your life with the need to be logical, cut and dry. God is beyond logic, reason, and fear. He is the master provider, comforter, friend, connector, etc. he is the one who watches over us and keeps us on track.
Rest assured, He is watching and your desire for more has been heard.