Aug. 8, 2019

Wanting More

Thoughts on T. Austin-Sparks from: Christ The Power Of God - Chapter 3
"You can have your quiet hour in your soul, which is the most perilous hour of your life. That happens by suspending all spiritual activity and becoming utterly passive and opening your psychical being, which is a most dangerous thing. God never asks you to become spiritually passive. Waiting upon God is not being spiritually passive. God wants us active in spirit even when waiting on Him in silence."
Meditation practices, even with a Christian front, are being promoted and are leading many astray into non Christian paths. It's a slippery slope, often promoted and pitched to Christians who "want more." Something to "feel", something to "experience" beyond the simplicity of trusting Christ and exercising the privilege of prayer.
The "waiting on Him in silence" referred to here is not a woo woo practice; it's an exercise in patience in daily life for growth of fruit of the Spirit, even a surrender to those "dry" periods where little seems to be happening, or at least as far as our sense perceptions go. It can be like a field lying fallow, as the "ground" is given a rest, and that is much needed.
As our Lord Jesus was slain, the curtain in the old temple was torn in two. (Possibly the first act of the dismantlement of that old sacrificial system of types and shadows? The opening of the curtain for "Act 2" in the Redemption Story!) The Way was forged for believers to boldly come before the throne of grace. What "more" could there be than to be so restored to fellowship with the Father, against Whom our Primal Parents rebelled, casting us into bondage in the very world God had made for His human children?
When we "want more", it may be for our own reasons, or the titillation of soulical senses, or due to being in some space of vulnerability and wanting to experience "more" that is comprehensible to the senses and mind. That is when the enemy will come and say, "Here's how to end that emptiness. Meditate. Empty out your mind completely. Let me fill it."
Whether one succumbs to that temptation and takes a tumble and learns the hard way, or if one realizes what's going on and resists, we come away with the understanding that the adversary never fights fair. He'll always be there with his "something more" offered as a substitute to what the Holy Spirit is doing or is about to do. He swoops in when we're down in some way, emotionally or physically, and our restance is at a low point.