The pursuit of God

To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. (A.W. Tozer: The Pursuit of God)

Much of what passes for evangelism over the past fifty years has for the most part been concerned to demonstrate the truthfulness of a doctrine and to encourage people who don’t believe that doctrine to accept it. The doctrine being delivered is usually sound and orthodox, yet there seems to be something distorted about it. There is such a vast amount of literature available, there has never been a time in Church history when, frankly, right views of God have been so widely held. Right views, certainly, but often this is not accompanied by the life Christians can anticipate.

The believer is taught a truth of God and told to be satisfied with it.

Yet there are many who’s desire for God is not satisfied by mere ideas. They expect some other heavenly nourishment.

Those who have found God, often, will seek him with yet more arduously. They have burning hearts.

Perhaps it’s like a starving man given a small slice, who then gratefully swallows down a whole loaf. The starving man may be admonished for his greed, but as long as the hunger exists there must be food enough to fill it.

We’re in wedding season right now, and generally marriage is associated with sex. I say generally, what I really mean is in my mind. Anyway. When a couple are wed, what is the joke about honeymoons? That they won’t care about the scenery? You know what I’m getting at. The point is that generally that act of union is not one which is performed once.

It is, as Tozer says, a paradox. We have been found by God and yet we seek him still. Not satisfied with mere theology and right opinions of God, there are many who will race towards him with eager hearts.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
(Psalm 34:8)
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  1. Right views, certainly, but often this is not accompanied by the life Christians can anticipate.

    ouch

    I think this is what James was getting at when he wrote that faith without works is a waste of time …or however he put it. It’s one of the things that really inspires me about Inspire … mission-spirituality. Remember it’s all in the hyphen. We need both. We need not to find the pivotal point inbetween but be dynamic and on the move and seeking God for ourselves and for others.

    Tozer is a GREAT writer! Makes me think 🙂

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