Yesterday as I was studying for my Wednesday night teaching through Hosea, I came upon a verse that stirred my heart and got me to thinking about the importance of pursuing God.
Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
I began to think about A.W. Tozer’s book, ‘The Pursuit of God’, a book that is a must read for every serious Christian…and I thought to myself, how good it would be to read through the book again. After all, if Tozer literally wrote it on his knees, I can certainly (figuratively) read it on my knees. All along crying out to God to take me deeper as I pursue Him.
“The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless. Faith may now be exercised without a jar to the moral life and without embarrassment to the Adamic ego. Christ may be “received” without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is “saved,” but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact he is specifically taught to be satisfied and encouraged to be content with little.”
As I read and meditated upon this portion of Chapter 1, ‘Following Hard After God’, I was reminded how easy it is for out time with The Lord to become mechanical and spiritless. I am learning that this is because we don’t take the time to pursue God, we don’t take the time to truly know Him. How? By spending uninterrupted time with Him.
Instead, we defer to shallow Christian devotional books, endless prayer lists, and methodology that serves to frustrate us rather than taking the time sit before the Lord long enough to foster a loving relationship with our Creator. I am certain, that as we focus on the latter, and truly pursue God, amazing things will begin to happen and we will come to know the Lord like we never could have imagined. This is what I am counting on!