Monday, October 7, 2013

experiencing God

How do we experience things? That is, how do we process the experiences we have? Most experiences have to do with our body in some way, whether we are riding a roller coaster, a horse, or a wave at the ocean. But how do we process even those experiences? Ultimately, it seems to me, all experiences are processed internally through our minds. Certainly this is true of more academic experiences, like reading and studying. If you were to observe a student reading you would be hard pressed to observe the breakthrough of understanding as it occurs in that process. Ultimately, all experiences are processed and assessed through our inner person. The same is true of our experience with God. It is essentially an internal experience, or an internal process of grasping the reality of God and placing trust in Him. We give a lot of headlines to the things that happen in the outer world of our experience: the storms, the fires, the wars, the crimes that take place. We cherish the relationships we have with family and friends and the memories of things we have done together. But ultimately all experiences find their place as they are processed within the framework of our inner person. So, in your inner person, what has been your experience with God? As you consider the inner questions of life that you cannot answer and the inner hungers for love, fulfillment and truth, what has provided the peace and resolution to those answers? Or have your answers really only been more questions?
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Rob Smith

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