Unseen Reality

Hello few and dear readers! Lately I’ve found myself a bit uninspired. Does that happen a lot? It seems like it. But I guess who lives inspired 100% of the time? I guess what I’m trying to say, is that tonight I was flipping through some old books and came across The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer. I absolutely love this book – it’s so meaty you could chew on it for years. I re-read some quotes that stuck out to me and inspired me (there you go!), so I thought, no harm in posting them and maybe your curiosity will be roused, your faith challenged, or simply reaffirmed and re-energized. I hope God reaches out to you in some way through Tozer like he does me.

A. W. Tozer

My soul follows hard after You: Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:8)

“Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which, briefly stated, means that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man… We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit…. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him… Out pursuit of God is successful because he is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us.”

“…We read [the Bible] as the record of what God said when He was for a brief time in a speaking mood. With notions like that in our heads, how can we believe? The facts are that God is not silent; has never been silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called the Word. The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind for us, put into familiar human words. I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking... A word of God once spoken continues to be spoken, as a child once born continues to be alive, or a world once created continues to exist. And those are but imperfect illustrations, for children die and worlds burn out, but the Word of our God endures forever. If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing; it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God.”

“Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”

At the root of the Christian life lies belief in the invisible. The object of the Christian’s faith is unseen reality.

“While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance! The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.”

“The Word of God affects the hearts of men as light in the soul. In the hearts of all men the light shines, the Word sounds, and there is no escaping them.”

“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”

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Cousin Jim

Highlight of my day. (Some names are changed for privacy.)

He enters abruptly with his spindly extremities and generous belly. My startled head turns over my shoulder to meet his stare. He extends his head directly out from his body like a chicken about to peck and announces himself: “Cousin Jim.”
He adjusts his oversize sunglasses. “I just had my eyes dilated… you’re there somewhere,” his arms stretched straight in front of him, motioning back and forth.
“Can I have a seat? I have pulmonary issues.”
“Oh please, Cousin Jim,” I say. “Pull up a chair.”
“I’m taking a class that teaches me how to breathe better. eat better. LIVE HEALTHY!” Each statement is emphasized, because he’s not sure I’m absorbing the weight of what he’s saying. “Ah, psh.” He tosses his hand at me. “It’s taught by two young girls – what do they know?” He sighs.
“You know how I’m related to the doctor?” Bypassing all small talk, he launches into a detailed explanation of the family tree, making sure I know who is related to who, and how… not excluding Aunt Matilda. Seven kids produced forty kids! Man alive. Well, you know, they’re Catholics.
But Cousin Jim doesn’t hang around. He’s gone almost as quick as he came.
Preceding his exit, he rotates his head toward me, “Where is the Heart Center?” But before I can utter a word, he stops me with his palm. “No, DON’T TELL ME! I can find it. I have half an hour to get there from here. You know what these hallways are good for? Exercise!” Then he whispers, “It’s better than the mall. People don’t try to run you down.”
And he’s gone.