Some people are of the opinion that a deeper walk with God is realistic and possible only when things are on course. That is to say that it is easier to seek God more when our soul is at peace when there are no troubles when things are going to our plans. This is far from the truth.
And the truth sometimes is that when we are fat we seem to be far from God, at least there is always that tendency. Jeshurun we were told forgot God when he became fat. Deuteronomy 32:15 confirms this.
"But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grew thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation."
David wrote many songs of praises to God in the book of Psalms. A man of praise comes across like a man with so much joy, and a man with so much joy must have things going according to plan for him always? A man with no troubles? Does David appear like a man with no troubles, a man who always had it his way? Well, the scripture seems to tell a different story. The word trouble, troubles, troubled, appeared about 180+ in the Bible, 55 times these words were found alone in the book of Psalms! David appeared a man more troubled than the rest of us. Yet in his troubles, David always seeks a deeper relationship with God. Amidst the many words he wrote about his troubled times and fellowship with God I found the one in Psalm 138:7 most striking
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me". Psalm 138:7
David said even in the midst of troubles still he would find spiritual revival in God. God will revive him, and then stretch forth his hands to deal with his troubles! That's how it works, a deeper relationship with God brings us into a stronger position to deal with our troubles and challenges.
For even when God fights for us he still tells us to hold our position, 'to be strong and courageous'.
This is why one of Davids most powerful prayer that I discovered was in Psalms 61:2
"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I"
When you are deeper in your mess that's when you need to go deeper with God. When the heart is overwhelmed the next place to seek is a higher ground with God!
We should not only seek God in times of troubles but when trouble times comes we should seek God more. Some of us go into a questioning mode when things are not working according to plans. Yes during times of troubles and challenges we can ask questions of God, but what we must never do is question God's ability to save and deliver! Asking questions of God is different from questioning God's ability. In Psalm 73 David was asking questions of God. He must have done that during times of fellowship, of seeking God. He wanted to know why it seems the wicked prosper more than the righteous. David ask questions of God but never questioned God's ability to make the righteous prosper! Eventually, as he sought God, he found answers that have not only changed his own perspective but of generations!
Are you beset by troubles here and there? Are you at that junction where it seems you can't even pray or call on him? You are not alone, David was at this juncture, and cried to God to lead him to a rock that is higher. That's my heart cry this very hour and can be everyone's heart cry.
Now, there is a new testament parallel for this scripture. In the midst of a particular storm, the disciples saw Jesus walking on water. And then Peter did one thing that stands him out, he looked to the Lord and he said if it is you, 'Lord let me walk to you'. And the Lord bid him come. Even in the midst of turbulence God always calls us out to walk on higher waters. And Peter was doing just fine until his focus shifted from the Lord to the storm, and then he began to sink. This is always the challenge for every one of us, the tendencies to see the storm above the Lord! However, this is not a spiritual order and formulae. The spiritual order and formulae are to always look to the Lord in the midst of the storm!
Like David said when my soul is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I! When life and it challenges overwhelm us, our goal must always be to seek the higher waters in God, to seek a deeper walk with him rather than sink deeper with our challenges
When our spirit is down it must seek a higher adventure in the power of God! And even when we are on a spiritual high there are always new spiritual heights to attain to. This is why I am inviting you to start the new month starting tomorrow, September, to seek a deeper walk with God as you make a personal decision depending on your spiritual desires and capacity to walk with God at a higher level than you did in previous months of the year. Starting the second day of the month on POWERTALK we will start a basic 30 days devotional on spirit life devotional, and the 30 days will be focused on expanding our spiritual capacity as we set aside times daily, 30 minutes at the least for the next 30 days to pray in the Spirit. And during the 30 days, we will go through the basics of God's word on our spiritual life and walk with him. I believe the 30 days concentration and focus on God will bring about radical changes to our world. Amen.