“Even the Depths of God” — A Brief Meditation

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Here are two verses from the New Testament for your consideration.


For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God. — I Corinthians 2:10


Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. — Romans 5:5

Please join with me in reflecting on these two verses.

First, the Holy Spirit of God is a gift, given to us. This is hardly controversial: Jesus  himself breathed on his disciples, giving them the Holy Spirit (John 20:22). But what I love about the verse from Romans is this notion that the Holy Spirit is the means by which “the love of God has been poured out into our hearts.”

Consider this.  Your heart is a chalice into which the love of God has been poured, through the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to us.

Now, hold this thought alongside the verse from I Corinthians. Here we see Paul proclaim that the Spirit scrutinizes (beholds) everything — even the very depths of God. This is the same Spirit given to us, mind you. The same Spirit through which the love of God has been poured into our hearts.

So, to the extent that we calibrate our hearts — or, should I say, that we allow God to calibrate our hearts — to live with trust and gratitude in that Spirit so generously given to us, we can joyfully live into these promises:

  • By that Spirit given to us, our hearts are filled with the love of God;
  • That same Spirit given to us beholds even the very depths of God.

In other words, when we pray — by the aid of the Spirit, who intercedes beyond the depth of words (Romans 8:26), we ourselves are invited, our hearts filled with Divine Love, to gaze into the very depths of God.

My friends, with this in mind, let us pray.

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