One of my favorite books is The Pursuit of God by the late A.W. Tozer. I picked it up last night and scanned through some of the chapters. As I read I was once again convicted and encouraged to seek the face of God and truly experience His manifest presence. The depth of revelation that Tozer writes with comes only from time in the presesnce of God. Check out some of these quotes from The Pursuit of God, written over 60 years ago:
“Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.”
“Self is the opaque veil that hides the Face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction. As well try to instruct leprosy out of our system. There must be a work of God in destruction before we are free.”
“To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. “He must be,” they say, “therefore we believe He is.” Others do not go even so far as this; they know of Him only by hearsay. They have never bothered to think the matter out for themselves, but have heard about Him from others, and have put belief in Him into the back of their minds along with the various odds and ends that make up their total creed. To many others God is but an ideal, another name for goodness, or beauty, or truth; or He is law, or life, or the creative impulse back of the phenomena of existence.
These notions about God are many and varied, but they who hold them have one thing in common: they do not know God in personal experience. The possibility of intimate acquaintance with Him has not entered their minds. While admitting His existence they do not think of Him as knowable in the sense that we know things or people.”
“The Bible assumes as a self-evident fact that men can know God with at least the same degree of immediacy as they know any other person or thing that comes within the field of their experience.”
“A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.”
“The Presence and the manifestation of the Presence are not the same. There can be the one without the other. God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of His Presence.”
“It will require a determined heart and more than a little courage to wrench ourselves loose from the grip of our times and return to Biblical ways. But it can be done. Every now and then in the past Christians have had to do it.”
I hope you will purchase and read A.W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of God. More than that I hope that you will move forward in your own pursuit…not being content with the status quo, pressing in to acutally know God by experience!
I definitely need to pick up that book again. Tozer is so timeless in his writing!
Thanks for the great post.
Good word. May God save us from ourselves and what we do under the guise of “ministry.”