Thursday, December 21, 2017

The God who hides himself

A lazy man does not roast his prey, but the precious possession of a man is diligence. 

Proverbs 12:27 

         One of the definitions of Diligence is painstaking moment forward. We cannot be passive in our relationship with the Lord.

God hides himself from the casual seeker.
There is a story about a student who went to a great teacher seeking to know God in a very personal and intimate friendship.

The teacher asked the student, "Do you trust me?" and he said, "Yes teacher, of course I trust you."

 So the teacher led him to a lake and they proceeded to wade out to where the water was waist deep. “What are we doing out here teacher?” asked the student reluctantly.

Once again the teacher looked into his eyes and asked, “Do you trust me?” 
The student eagerly replied, “Yes Teacher, I am ready to learn.”

The wise man placed one hand over the student’s nose and the other behind his head and lowered him backwards under the water. 

At first the student thought the wise man was baptizing him or performing some sort of ceremony so he held his breath and waited. 

It wasn’t very long and he needed air and he began to grip the teacher’s hands to try and get his attention. The teacher remained persistently still, holding the student under the water. 

The student began to struggle, desperate for air and finally breaking free of the teacher’s grip, he burst up out of the water.

Panting and exhausted the student asked, “What do you think you're doing? I couldn’t breathe?”

The teacher replied, "When you seek after God like you sought that breath, you will find Him.

Friends, our walk is a fight of faith, an internal battle to draw near to the Lord. If you've become disengaged in your relationship with God, focus on the discipline of daily quiet time with Him.
Be still and consider God in your thoughts and renew your mind with His Word. 

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force. 

Matthew 11:12

For further study, consider our podcast from June 2017
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