God’s word is an ocean of truth and knowledge. And like the beauty of the ocean that covers 70 percent of this planet, most of those truths aren’t visible without a search.
In fact, our exploration of God’s Word can happen at the same three levels as the examination of the ocean.
But if we want to experience the depths of God’s love and the magnitude of His promises, we’re going to have to dive a little deeper.
The ocean’s tides can be seen from the shore. It’s crashing magnificence gives onlookers pause.
The same is true for the Bible. On the surface, it’s a pretty amazing book.
Or should we say 66 books. Written by over 40 different men over a span of fifteen centuries. And yet it tells a single story: God’s redemption of humankind.
That’s awe-inspiring. But that truth is shallow compared to what we can discover if we dive a little deeper.
Only five percent of the earth’s oceans have been explored and mapped. FIVE PERCENT!
That’s an incredible amount of square footage. What sort of animals are yet to be discovered? Plants? Rock formations?
And a snorkeler won’t see most of these things.
For one thing, they won’t go deeper than a foot in the water. Their sight is limited in the depths that sunlight can’t penetrate. But there are colorful fish and exotic corals that can be seen if you put your face in the water and keep your eyes open.
This is the same sort of enjoyment you get from the Bible when you interact with it in a class. Or as you listen to the sermons delivered week after week by your pastor.
Truth is revealed. Small flashes of color in the darkness of a world that tries to snuff out the Son’s light.
In order to fully know what’s at the heart of the ocean, you probably need a submarine.
A diver is the only person who can experience the chill and pressure all that water exerts on those animals and plants that live so far from the life-giving sun.
To know God fully, we must dive into His Word, the revelation of his plan and character that He has preserved for our generation.
For the rest of this month, this blog will focus on how to dive deeper into the Bible. How do we discover what’s important and what’s just a flashy sea creature?
Won’t you join us in diving deeper?