The Water is Wide
It is so simple, you would doubt its effectiveness. For the past three years at our town’s fair, we have had one simple tool which attracts hundreds of children. We have tweaked many things about our booth at the fair, but this one thing is a staple. We will always have a kiddie pool filled with magnetic toy fish and fishing poles with a magnet on the end. Children will spend thirty minutes catching fish. It’s not a dunk tank or anything nearly as sophisticated. The little ones are thrilled with the simplicity of catching fish in a kiddie pool.
Some Christians are thrilled with their awareness of God, but it’s much like that kiddie pool. They are excited by what they can see on the surface. Like a child’s awareness of the world, they are thankful for the simple truths from Scripture about God. The danger is when their world is rocked by a tragedy or a perplexing issue. All of a sudden, their simple, shallow concept of God is not enough to soothe them in their time of need.
Have you heard someone say, “I wish I could know God’s Word more”? People wish they could memorize God’s Word like so-and-so. They wish they could turn to chapter and verse. They wish they could expound the treasures of God’s Word, but they refuse to get out of the “kiddie pool.” They don’t go to church beyond Sunday morning. They won’t dig into daily Bible study at home. They won’t spend their time in the car listening to the preaching and admonition from God’s Word. They won’t share what they learn with others. These are practices which help a believer wade into the depths of knowing God.
All of us are challenged to progress from our elementary awareness of God into profound depths. We are told to be rooted and grounded in the love of God.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection…(Hebrews 5:12-6:1)
Ezekiel sees a unique feature in his Temple vision—a river. It starts as only a trickle, but it grows into a large river in which you would have to swim. This life-giving water of God powerfully reversed the stagnant Dead Sea. It completely transformed it until it flourished like the Garden of Eden. This is a beautiful picture of Christ. In John 4, He promised the Samaritan woman water, living water, which would spring out of her. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). We must “apply our hearts unto wisdom” and go beyond the ankle-deep experience of God. Dive in! The water is wide.