Some believers seem to “only” gravitate towards the catastrophic accounts of a Word or teaching, from the Lord. They relish in the earthquakes, the destruction of cities, and the overflowing of the rivers due to some horrendous event.
Believe me, I know quite well of these things that are coming, for the Lord Himself has told me of them countless times now, in vivid visions, and prophecies. But the Words of revelation that speak of the foundational principles of His Kingdom, the Words about division among his people, the Words about the seasons and a myriad of other things, leads me to believe that all are needed and important for us to come unto maturity in him.
If I was to draw an analogy about this, it would be of people that hurry to see a car accident. Most slow down as they should, but some go slow so that they can “see” the violence of what has happened to the people involved. It’s almost as if they “want” to see blood and gore, because it is something fascinating.
That sounds morbid but, people are drawn to the extraordinary, and a severe car accident is something that certainly fits into that category.
And I believe in the miraculous supernatural manifestations of God, but I don’t seek them. I don’t seek gold falling out of the heavens, or gold teeth that might replace mine – (Although that might certainly help me, as I have some dental issues.)
But isn’t the birth of a baby a miraculous thing? Isn’t the love that is shown between two elderly people as they walk down the sidewalk hand-in-hand, a miraculous and wonderful thing? Perhaps we should expand our view of what really is miraculous. Perhaps we should begin to see the length, and the breadth, and the depth of God throughout our encounters and life.
“…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fullness of God,” Ephesians 3:17-19.
And what is that breadth and length, and height and depth that is alluded to here? I can’t begin to encapsulate that into my own words here fully, but it’s like a beautiful cut diamond or glass, that is faceted and exquisite to behold. When one holds it up to the light it shimmers and shows its corners and edges, and reflects the light as these places are viewed.
The faceted qualities of God’s character and essence embodies mercy and gentleness and purity on some of those edges. And yet as one turns the gem slightly to another side, one beholds pieces of the glass that exhibit his wisdom and sovereignty. And yet turning the gem again slightly, we see the severe surface of warnings and judgment. But all exhibit a quality of love.
Don’t seek after something miraculous and catastrophic in the things that God speaks, but seek him first.
“But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.
Then in the seeking him first above all else, perhaps an angel will come, perhaps a vivid picture of the future of a nation will be unfolded to you. But don’t ignore the waters and the pastures that are foretold, and the insights and the revelations of knowing him deeper than all else.
Be open to turning the facets of his character to behold them in his true light. And as that gem is turned, let the light and the brilliance of each facet, capture your attention fully and completely.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the Lord is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?