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Hey, thanks again for sending in questions related to our recent sermons. This last week, talking about Ephesians three, we saw Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, that they would be totally filled with all the fullness of God, that they would know his love that surpasses understanding, very high, elevated, lofty prayer for them. And the question this week is, how often should I experience God’s love like that? How often should I be totally overwhelmed by him or experience this love that surpasses understanding, surpasses knowledge filled with the full completeness of him? I quoted in the sermon Charles Spurgeon, who wrote, there are times that God’s love is made so evident to us that we need to ask for a stay of the delight that we say, God, this is too much.
I really can’t take anymore. I might not be able to live if you overwhelm me even more. So how often should that.
I believe my response is, I don’t know how often it should happen. I don’t think that’s the right question to ask. Charles Spurgeon said, it happens occasionally. Another person from church history, George Whitfield, talks about, like in his diaries, his journals, that there would be times that God’s love was so real to him as he’s like praying at night that he couldn’t get to sleep. It’s like, God, you got to stop loving me so I can get to sleep.
Seems like it happened more often for Whitfield. In my life, I think I would say, really? There’s only been one time where I felt, this is too much, God, you’ve got to pull back a little. I don’t know if I can take it. So people are probably different, and it’s up to God anyway, right?
How much of himself he has us experience at what times?
But I think the right question instead of how often should I experience it is how often should I desire it? How often should I be asking to experience God’s love like that? How often should I pray for myself what Paul prayed for, the Ephesians? And I think that’s all the time that should be our desire, all the time. That’s what awaits us in eternity.
That’s our rewarD. Is God in increasing measure forever so much that we might ask for a stay of the delight? Except in eternity, we won’t have to worry about being too overwhelmed because we’ll be in glorified bodies, enjoying him to the utmost all the time. So instead of asking, how often should it happen? I would like to return the question, how often do you pray for it?
How often do you desire it? And I think that’s every day. That should always be our aim. So thanks for the question. Hope that helps.
Hope we all experience God in increasing measure. We’ll see you next time. Bye.