It is interesting that Jesus likens the man who obeys His word to the man who digs deep enough to build his house on the rock. Digging deep connotes hard-work and speaks of strong desire or longing for something. Effort is often driven by desire and knowing God does take some effort. To find Him, one needs to diligently seek Him. Knowing God is to understand Him; it is to know the way His mind works and know it so well that you almost see Him in everything. He becomes so real that the reality of His existence is no longer questionable to you.
Luke 6: 48b “It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock.”
I realize that the more one knows God, the more they find they don’t yet know Him because there is yet more to know. God is like a treasure chest, the deeper one digs, the more precious the gifts you find. The more one knows God, the greater revelation of truth they have and it is upon this truth that the believer’s life should be built so that their success is then guaranteed despite the major challenges that life may present them with. The place to seek God is in His word wherein He has hidden the secret of success. So, as we dig into and obey His word, we prosper in every sense of the word.
Proverbs 19: 8 “To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.”
Ecclesiastes 12: 1 “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘life is not pleasant anymore’.”
God has put out His word in which wisdom is hidden; it will be sad if one only engages the word when they are too old for it to make a difference in their own life. All that wisdom hidden in the word is not just for us to teach others but also for us to live life successfully. We must discover it before we are too old for its application to make meaningful impact in our lives. We must dig into the word while we yet have strength to use the wisdom therein for living that we may fulfill our destinies. Unfortunately, instead of making the effort to know God better, our preference is often for the easier and lesser route because we would rather not pay the required price. Yet our relationship with God is a love relationship and love cost something. If we love Him, we must make sacrifices for Him.
Proverbs 14: 12 “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”
Proverbs 2: 6 “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
There is no love relationship where only one person is required to pay a price, it would cost parties involved something. Sadly, we have become so selfish that we prefer to give nothing and lie to ourselves that the only price required has already been paid by God. God will not commit His secret things to those who don’t love Him enough to desire to pay the required price. He longs so much for us to display our love that He even gives us grace to do so knowing that the forces sent to ensure our disobedience are strong. Salvation is the beginning of a journey in Christ; a journey fraught with victories and difficulties so fierce they sometimes make the victories appear non-existent. Even the emotional trauma one goes through with every difficulty makes it feel worse than it actually is. However, we are more than conquerors through Christ. We must bear in mind the glory that is set ahead of us if we “dig deep”.
Psalms 18: 17 “He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.”