“The ancient curse will not go out painlessly; the tough old miser within us will not lie down and die obedient to our command. He must be torn out of our heart like a plant from the soil; he must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw. He must be expelled from our soul by violence as Christ expelled the money changers from the temple.”
What a graphic picture, “it must be extracted in agony and blood like a tooth from the jaw”. One cannot read that, without cringing a bit, thinking about and feeling the dentists pliers gripping our tooth.
As I read this this morning, I could not help but think of what the apostle Paul wrote in the Book of Romans:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Tozer helps me to better understand the ruthlessness of our flesh and its desire to have its way in our lives, and seriousness of not giving in to the flesh. Paul goes on to answer his own rhetorical question in vs 26, “I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Like it or not, it is inevitable, if we desire to have the relationship with God we profess, we must successfully navigate through the trials that come our way. There is no other way to experience the depth of relationship that God desires for us. And, it is sobering to think that he wants to use us but if we are not willing, he will find someone else.
“God would have found His man, no doubt, but the loss to Abraham would have been tragic beyond the telling.”
Our response in that time of testing is crucial.
“At that testing place there will be no dozen possible choices for us; just one and an alternative, but our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.”
May The Lord help us to embrace every trial that comes our way, every test that tempts us to take the easy way out, everything and anything that seeks to take our attention from Jesus. Why? In order that we might experience His completed work in us…marveling at how glorious it is when we arrive.