God is Deep: Are You Ready to Go Deeper?

By: Jason Wermuth
Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Dr. Charles Fox, Jason Wermuth & Dr. Archie Wright

Last Saturday I participated in the second commencement of my college life, this time walking across the stage to receive my M.A. in Biblical Studies. It was only three years ago that I walked across the same stage at the Regent library square to receive my Bachelor’s degree. The road has been long and filled with ups and downs, but there are few experiences I have enjoyed more than my three years studying in the School of Divinity. That is why graduating is bittersweet.

For the past seven years my identity has been wrapped around being a student, a job that I have thoroughly loved. Soon, my identity will change in that I will no longer be a matriculated student, but there is good news. The good news for anyone feeling like me (probably few) is that we don’t have to stop being students. Part of being a disciple of Christ means always being willing to learn new things and be stretched in ways that hurt but help us to grow. The fact is, the depths of God’s person and glory are infinitely deep. As Christian’s we are all called to be explorers on the search for God. As a student, I was trained to research for myself, to plumb the depths of scripture, tradition, nature, humanity and all of creation to find God in surprising places. It is this mission that I have been trained for: to seek the Father, Son and Holy Spirit wherever I can find him. While I am no longer a professional student, I conclude my seminary training with a new way of thinking and a raging fire to know God more. Whether or not you will ever attend seminary or study theology academically, we as Christians are all called to plumb the depths to find God and to worship him with our whole being. As my life as a seminary student draws to a close and my life as a disciple of Christ just gets roaring, the words of the Psalmist sum up my thoughts about the past three years:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.

They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.

Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure,
and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.

Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

(Psalm 19, TNIV)

How has your view of God been enlarged over the years? Have you ever found God in unexpected places? How do you maintain your fire for the deep journey?

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Jason Wermuth
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2 Responses to “God is Deep: Are You Ready to Go Deeper?”

  1. Enoch says:

    Congrats, Jason once again on your graduation. It is inspiring to read your post. We never cease to be students. We are all on a life long quest of knowing God with the Holy Spirit as our teacher and guide, leading us to imitate Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, thereby giving glory to the Father.

  2. Enoch,

    Thank you for your comments. I used to hate being a student (in grade school), but God is a worker of miracles!