When we pray, do we realize that we are speaking to the Source? The Source of everything. He is the One who gives to all mankind life and breath and everything (Acts 17:25). He is the One who breathes out galaxies and calls stars out by their name (Psalm 147:4). He is the One who knows all things (Job 37:16), sustains all things (Heb 1:3), and in whom all things hold together (Col 1:17).
And since He is the Source of all things, then any good thing we see in ourselves is just a stream that flows from Himself. We are like branches attached to a strong vine. We bear the fruit that the vine provides (John 15). If I am a good husband, then imagine the Good Husband. If I am a good father, then worship the Good Father. If He is the source of all goodness and kindness and mercy and love, and every creature receives these as gifts from Him, then we could gather together all of the goodness and kindness and mercy and love from all angels and men from all of eternity past and future, and we would still fall short of the glory of our great God. If we are the stream, then He is the Spring from which all waters flow.
And what does the stream say to the Spring? Fill me. Humble me. Bring me low. Forgive me when I think that I fill myself. Forgive me when I compare myself to your infinite stores. Remind me that in You alone are true depths. Remind me that I am from You, and that I will return to You. Help me draw my strength from You, and be to me my guide. Let Your will be done and Your word obeyed. I come to you as servant and not master. Oh living Spring, I come to you as the stream.
May God give us a better view of His greatness.
© Jacob Crouch 2023
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Yes! Even the scripture that reveals His glory and grace and provision (and all His many gifts) is flowing forth illumined by His Spirit to nourish the branches.
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