HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” (Luke 5:4).
How deep He does not say. The depth into which we launch will depend upon how perfectly we have given up the shore, and the greatness of our need, and the apprehension of our possibilities. The fish were to be found in the deep, not in the shallow water. I want you to notice that we are talking about depths. This means you have to be able to swim if you are going to launch out into the deep.
So with us; our needs are to be met in the deep things of God. We are to launch out into the deep of God’s Word, which the Spirit can open up to us in such crystal fathomless meaning that the same words we have accepted in times past will have an ocean meaning in them, which renders their first meaning to us very shallow.
Into the deep of the Atonement, until Christ’s precious blood is so illuminated by the Spirit that it becomes an omnipotent balm, and food and medicine for the soul and body. Hallelujah, what a promise was given to us in these last days.
Into the deep of the Father’s will, until we apprehend it in its infinite minuteness and goodness, and its far-sweeping provision and care for us. Into the deep we are called today, to sink deeper
- into the Word of God,
- into His presence,
- into His fullness,
- into His joy,
- into His healing,
- into His riches
Where there awaits us the key to unlocking all the mysteries of the Father given to the Son on our behalf.
Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, dazzling, sweet, fathomless a tranquil Caribbean sea which we bathe and bask and breathe, and lose ourselves and our sorrows in the calmness and peace of His everlasting presence.
Into the deep of the Holy Spirit, until He becomes a bright, marvellous answer to prayer, the most careful and tender guidance, the most thoughtful anticipation of our needs, the most accurate and supernatural shaping of our events.
Into the deep of God’s purposes and coming kingdom, until the Lord’s coming and His millennial reign are opened up to us; and beyond these the bright entrancing ages on ages unfold themselves, until the mental eye is dazed with light, and the heart flutters with inexpressible anticipations of its joy with Jesus and the glory to be revealed.
Into all these things, Jesus bids us launch. He made us and He made the deep, and to its fathomless depths, He has fitted our longings and capabilities.
The deep waters of the Holy Spirit are always accessible because they are always proceeding. Will you not this day claim afresh to be immersed and drenched in these waters of life? The waters in Ezekiel’s vision, first of all, oozed from under the doors of the temple. Then the man with the measuring line measured and found the waters to the ankles. Still, further measurement and they were waters to the knees. Once again they were measured and the waters were to the loins. Then they became waters to swim in–a river that could not be passed over. (Read Ezekiel chapter 47). How far have we advanced into this river of life? The Holy Spirit would have a complete self-effacement. Not merely ankle-deep, knee-deep, loin-deep, but self-deep. We ourselves hidden out of sight and bathed in this life-giving stream. Let go of the shore-lines and launch out into the deep. Never forget, the Man with the measuring line is with us today.