Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 8, 2022

When Shallow Defines Us

“Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!” I Chronicles 16:11 (ESV)

We scroll through our Facebook feed and see lots of familiar faces – friends we call them. We share Tweets and comment on Instagram of those we follow. Lots of people compose our tribe, but how well do they really know us? How well do we really know them? Good question – one we probably don’t even consider since we’re perfectly fine with our shallow status.

Lacking in-depth of knowledge, thought or feeling that’s how Webster defines shallow. A surface knowing of those who check in and out of our feeds catching a glimpse of the highlights of our perfect and sometimes very personal moments.

Sad reality – our okayness with shallow isn’t just regulated to posts or tweets. Could it be our shallowness with others leaks over into our relationship with God? So easy to regulate God to certain areas of our lives. When busy consumes us so simple to grab grace and push God aside until another day. Skimming over His words rather than diving deep seems to be acceptable. Choosing to spend our time on other pursuits instead of passionately pursuing our Creator appears optional. Relying on the rehearsed description of God’s character as defined by others seems like enough.

Real problem here – God is a personal God. He knows each of His children intimately. Every hair on our head, God has numbered (Psalm 139). Not a single detail about us goes unnoticed. He has witnessed every single day of our life and longs for us to pursue Him the way He pursues us. Shallow isn’t part of God’s DNA; He has the inside scoop on everything related to us. If One could know all, doesn’t it make sense that all should seek to know One?

Bottom line shallow just doesn’t cut it in our relationship with God. Scripture warns us of the danger of false teachers masquerading as truth (2 Peter 2). Our greatest protection is anchored in a deep knowledge of God’s word. Casual feelings and careless emotions tend to leave us unstable, but an abiding love for God stabilizes our actions. As we develop an ongoing understanding of who God is and the way He relates to His people, we gain clarity in living the life which glories Him. Fruit in abundance will be the direct result of those who don’t settle for shallow.

“Sweet Jesus, ignite within us a deep, burning passion to know You, love You and obey You – best relationship ever.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


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