We can’t help but analyze. Mainly because our day-to-day lives revolve around the explanations and interpretations of everything and everyone around us.
Analyzing in itself is the epitome of our yearning for understanding.
Once that yearning is triggered you develop feelings and opinions about situations which bring constant thoughts on the inner and outer workings of whatever you set your mind on.
Proverbs 20:5 tells us that the plans/counsel/intentions/purpose in a man’s heart is like deep waters. But if we take that back to the beginning, that same earth that God created and then created man from “… was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (Gen. 1:2 NLT).
The desires of our hearts are a never-ending, vast, and deep place of countless dreams, plans, and thoughts that hide in darkness afraid to bring any part of it to the light out of fear that others may steal something that isn’t backed by our resources, isn’t being poured into with our time, work or effort; things that are indeed empty and hasn’t yet formed into anything. Isn’t it amazing how we stealthily guard things in deep waters? Can you imagine if God kept all his talents and gifts to himself and never placed anything in our hands to produce and associate as works of our own? Can we ever be proud and at peace with releasing some of our thoughts and dreams to others who would actually work and create something tangible out of our empty formless things, especially if we don’t receive any fruit from it?
Our counsel also lies in deep waters. We seek and give advice in secret places, our intentions are targeted, descriptive, and specific, and our mouth gets us in and out of trouble. But counsel really means to seek the plan of God that works everything out according to that plan and not our skewed intentions.
And what do we say about our purpose? The reason we were created, the basis of our existence that gets lost in the realm of the deep waters. Floating amongst all the unformed emptiness, that at various times we tend to seek counsel on. Ever so often we place labels on those expectations that we attempt to specifically define so that we can have a goal and a target to aim for. And all the while, it never quite seems to surface.
God knows all about our deep waters. Genesis 1:2 NLT says that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters”. The surface. Why the surface? Doesn’t God want to delve into this mess and help us sort these things out? Doesn’t he want to take hold of all the analytical intricacies that seem to take control of our lives and causes our thoughts to be so out of control? But the Word says that he hovers over the surface. Do you know what it means to hover over something? He suspended himself over the dark deep waters, remaining in the air in one place. Could you imagine the power of his Spirit like enormous wings moving rapidly over the waters waiting to do something; Waiting for a word to cause a shift and a division that creates an opportunity to make a decision; an opportunity to choose and therefore bring change.
Genesis verse 3-4 NLT says “… God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.”
The Spirit swooped in and hovered, remaining in place to act upon the spoken Word that would ultimately be the first example of the Holy Spirit being our bridge from darkness into the light.
He didn’t get down into the deep waters, he decided to be the bridge between it.
He knows we got all these things going on and our spirit cries out for an understanding of what to fight for and what to sleep through, what to run to and what to stand firm in, what to work on and what to leave alone, what to say and what to do, and when to speak and when to be quiet. And sometimes it seems that all these things are working against each other but “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28). Key-word ‘called’. A call that is intended to attract your attention, to be heard at a distance; it is the announcing of a presence that asks you to come. Remember that “… you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)
So in our yearning for understanding that causes us to analyze everything good and bad, remember that in order to allow these things to work together for good, our love for God must cause our desires, our dreams, our thoughts, our plans, our counsel, our intentions and our purpose to respond to the hover of God’s Spirit on the surface of where we live and breathe and have our being, so much that it stirs up within us a rise from the deep waters that’s enough to cause us to make decisions that would move us to continuously cross that bridge into his light.