The Challenger Deep is the lowest known point on planet earth’s surface. Being over 35,700 feet deep, it is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall (the tallest mountain on earth). The pressure is so extreme that humans would be completely crushed upon entering this abyss! It’s nuts!
But it has an end; it can be measured. The Challenger Deep has a limit. On the other hand, the One who created this abyss that baffles the human mind and fascinates science is limitless. God is depthless.
And our deep calls out to His deep.
Now that’s pretty deep!
*someone please appreciate my puns*
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”- (Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV)
The Hebrew word for ‘deep’ used here is tehom and it means confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, waste, vain or barren. The Challenger Deep doesn’t stand a chance against against this OG, limitless deep.
The Spirit of God floated over this dark, deep abyss and spoke light into the vast, endless depths, sparking an unstoppable transformation still evolving creation today.
God’s light overcame the darkness. God’s vast depths filled up the earth’s vast nothingness.
The created cannot outmatch the Creator.
The same applies to us.
“Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.”-(PSALM 42:7 AMP)
David is really down here in Psalms 42. He is lonely and questioning God’s presence in his life. But he still has hope that the One who helped him before will respond to his cry now.
He uses the same word, tehom, to describe his soul’s depths.
Confusion, empty place, and waste land.
But see where our depths seem never-ending, where our emotions seem all-consuming, where our situations seem utterly encompassing..they can not compare to the true vastness of God.
Our deep calls out to God’s deep. It’s intimate and it’s real. We may not even be aware, but we are constantly sending distress signals to the Lord.
What’s even better is there IS always a response to our emergency calls! The Spirit of God is hovering over our depths and darkness.
What I hear when I read this, is that it applies to all people-both believers in Christ and non-believers. To all humans, He is constantly speaking light into the darkness, ready to form something out of our nothingness should we allow His light to resonate in our hearts.
He knows you. God hears your cries. Even the ones buried at the bottom of your self- the ones so painful they’ve been forgotten.
God is with you now, speaking light into the darkness, and wanting to form something beautiful out of the confusion.
Let God in.
See what Jesus has to offer your deep cries.
“”The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.”- (Isaiah 61:1-4 NKJV)
Accept God’s great exchange from nothing to something, impossible to possible, ashes to beauty.
Your depths and the pressure that comes with them seem endless and overwhelming to you; but, like science, no depth can outmatch our limitless God. Hear His response to your cry.
Step outside of your home, feel the sun warm your face, and watch your eyes adjust to the brightness. Let Him do that to your soul, lighting up your worry and soothing your doubt.
He is there. He is light. He is love.
- Hebrew definition for ‘deep’:
“Deep.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: New American Standard Bible, updated ed.,
Lockman Foundation, 1995. Bible Hub, http://www.biblehub.com