2012: Into God’s ___ Let Us Delve!

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 in Faith | 69 comments

After Christmas and before New Year’s Eve, I pondered what I truly desire in 2012—for me personally and for my website to encourage and edify YOU. I was inspired with a phrase that required me to fill in a blank:  “2012…into God’s ______ let us delve!” I liked the rhyme and the idea of digging, reaching, searching intently for something in God’s very being, but what one thing would that be?! His heart, I wondered? No, I also desperately need God’s mind. His joy? No, I just as much desire God’s peace. I needed a word to encompass it ALL—the very soul of God if there is such a thing. I asked God for the word. A couple days later He answered my prayer, and I have been so excited since!

2012: Into God’s Glory Let Us Delve! His GLORY. Perhaps you need a moment to let that word soak into your heart, mind, body, and soul…to contemplate what it reeeally means. I certainly did and continue to. As I’ve researched the “glory” of God in Scripture, I’m left with many images of light, even more of mystery, and of those pointing to Jesus Christ. Based on what the Bible says, I don’t think we can fully know/see/understand the glory of God this side of heaven, or until we see Jesus face to face (Exodus 33:18-20, Isaiah 40:5, Luke 2:9, John 2:11, Hebrews 1:3, and Revelation 21:23). But that’s the very reason I believe “glory” is the perfect word for the blank…the perfect soil into which we may dig to find treasures uniquely reserved for each and every one of us. As we delve into His light, seek the heart of the mystery, reach for Jesus Himself, it only makes sense we will find the most fulfilling purposes and pleasures for our life. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). In one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture—where God speaks of our preciousness to Him and His faithfulness to us—we are told God created us for His glory (see Isaiah 43:1-7).

Soon after I had this revelation of delving into God’s glory, I was standing excitedly inside a colossal domed football stadium, waiting for the 2012 Fiesta Bowl to begin. Being high in the “nosebleed” section was the best seat in the house as I had a panoramic view and looked down on the biggest American flag I’ve ever seen. As I joined with thousands of others singing the national anthem, a bald eagle named “Challenger”—the first in American history trained to free-fly in stadiums after being rescued by human hands as a baby and raised in captivity—was released and soaring to and fro over the gigantic flag, spanning the great expanse, truly majestic in its flight. It was a spectacular, multi-sensory experience to behold. I was FILLED with something which went beyond honor for my country. It was a sense of wonder about FREEDOM…about the freedom I have because God has released me, too, from any and all “captivity” that has held me so I may “soar.” It was awe-inspiring, and I believed then and there God was giving me a glimpse of His inconceivable glory.

Several days later, back home in Colorado, I found myself reading Isaiah 40:30-31. I hadn’t tried to find this verse; God just had me there. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Around the Fiesta Bowl time I’d been very weary, hoping in my Lord, and praying for renewal…in reading this passage (I have chills as I write) I KNEW my God had let me see that soaring eagle to renew my strength. He is SUCH a good God! He is AMAZING. I thank Him and praise His glorious name!

I pray you DELVE into His glory this year, too! Every day is a new beginning, and He has treasures in store beyond what we can ask or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20). Have faith, and reach for Jesus…I’d love to know what you find!

 

 

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