I was talking with a friend recently about the difference between receiving something for your self from God versus reading something or hearing it. She said that she said knew something, but was still struggling in that area of her life. I was sitting in the drive thru line waiting to grab food, as I tried to explain the difference. Up ahead I could see a picture of a beautiful hamburger.
I shared with her that I just got a glimpse of the most delicious cheeseburger. I know that it is a cheeseburger, but I don’t really know that it is good because I haven’t experienced it for myself. This is similar to when we get a glimpse of things of God. Maybe we read a scripture. Maybe we even memorize it. But we don’t truly know it, because we haven’t experienced it. We have a glimpse of what it might be, but its not personal. It is words on a page, a story in a book. We see it as something as a truth, maybe for someone else, but it is not ours.
There are other times where I might get a taste of the burger, maybe a bite of my husband’s to see if I like it. Even if I do enjoy it, I will never have the full experience of it because it’s not mine. There are many Christians who live in this realm. They get snack size words from other people’s experienced revelations, but it isn’t theirs. They get fed on the leftovers from the preacher, the Bible study leader, a friend. It may satisfy them for a short time, but it can not sustain them. They never get to truly enjoy the fullness of it because they only experience a small piece of it.
Then there are those that get the burger for themselves. They enjoy every bite and know how delicious it is because they have experienced the fullness. When we take the time to seek out God, He will reveal Himself to us. He will give us the depth of revelation that will sustain us through trials, temptations and tough times. It will carry us through good times and bad because it is ours. No one can take it away, because we have experienced Him in the revelation.
Only we can decide how much of God we are willing to go after. If we are content with a glimpse of His glory, He will never force it on us. If we are happy with a taste of His love, we will miss out on the experience and depth of His agape love. But if we are willing to seek Him for our self, He will meet us there and we will experience His goodness.