I recently finished reading Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. It really did make me stop and think at times. It is
cool sad interesting to think that it was written in 1948. At first read, it sounds like it was written in recent days.
Here are a few of the areas that I highlighted:
“The Modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word.”
This statement caused me to pause, reread and make sure that I read it correctly. I could not believe that something that I have been chewing on for several months was written in a book in ’48. I haven’t gone out to research Tozer and to find out if this statement gained him some opposition in his day. I can only imagine someone in today’s day saying something like this and getting HAMMERED on blogs and twitter. I think that it is dead on. While the Word is something that we can NOT neglect and discount, and in some circles/so-called churches, it hardly even enters the discussion or gets opened, but I really think that some people I know worship the Word instead of who wrote the Word. Who IS the Word. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I don’t want a relationship with paper. My Bible is a medium in which to commune with my God. I know that it is one of if not THE best way to meet him, but not the only way.
Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body is stronger as its members become healthier. The whole Church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and higher life.
Honestly, reading this as a highlighted section on my kindle doesn’t speak volumes to me, but I think the reason I marked it when I did was because too many people view church as a social gathering. When individuals focus on God, those I surround myself with will be like minded and together we will experience what God really wants.
We can get a right start only by accepting God as He is and learning to love Him for what He is. As we go on to know Him better we shall find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is just what He is.
OK, I know for sure that my thoughts on this were based upon the idea that too often, people make God into what the want Him to be. Survey Says… BUZZZ! God has made it very clear who He is and who He is not. He is jealous. He has high standards for us, which is why we need His grace and we can do nothing to pay for the sin in our lives. Blasphemy is much more than just misuse of God’s name. If you make Him out to be something else, that is just as much blasphemy… which is a very serious offense.
The world is perishing for lack of knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.
This one I struggled with and still do. In Romans, God says that no one can claim the lack of knowledge of God. Eventually all have knowledge of Him through recognition of His creation. All know Him as God, they just don’t worship Him. I think the problem here is the worship aspect. Those of us who do know Him should be worshiping in spirit and in truth 24/7. The Church when it comes together in worship, fellowship, to hear the Word spoken should be doing it because of its knowledge of who God is…. but too often, we don’t seek His presence when we do. We come to punch a clock. To satisfy the weekly check box. Which continues the circle that those who don’t know God/Christ look at us and see no difference or no desire to learn more about God. They end up having an incorrect view of God and are probably doomed to eternal separation from Him.