Posted by: napakagandako | January 24, 2008

The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

pursuit_of_god.jpgWhat is the author’s Christian perspective?

A.W. Tozer was born poor such that he had known hardships for as long as he could remember. His spiritual journey began at the age of 17 after hearing a lay preacher speaking at a street meeting in Ohio and from then on he has continually pursued God till the day he died. Such pursuit was seen in the way he lived his life such that after he accepted Christ, he became an active member of the Methodist Church using his basement as his very own prayer chamber, and later on became a preacher. Upon becoming a preacher, he transferred from the Methodist Church to the Alliance Church due to conflicts belief with the former congregation. He died at 1963 reflecting a lifelong practice of waiting on God. “With Tozer seeking truth and seeking God were one thing” -If there was one remarkable thing about this author, it was the fact that he was continually seeking and learning about God with a style that was purely led by the spirit such that if there is any form of literature that he does not understand whether it be an art of Shakespeare or the Bible, he would read them on his knees and ask God to help him understand it. This was his method of Self-Education.

What are the author’s 3-point ideas?

a. God must first seek man before man can seek God

“We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to pursuit.”

b. Man must then seek God and God alone but this does not mean narrowing our lives.

“His track I see and I’ll pursue”

“The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly and the peace of God, scarcely at all.”

“Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for now he has it all in One.”

c. The Pursuit for God/of God/with God is something that is done consciously.

“The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of spiritual growth.”

“It is conscious: it does not work there unknown to the soul, but comes from the field of awareness where the man can know it as he knows any other fact of experience.”

What are the changes that it brought to you?

a. God must first seek man before man can seek God

I don’t know how to organize my thoughts and so I’m typing down what I’m now thinking in random. I used to believe that man must first seek God and then ask Him to be His personal Lord and Savior. For me, then, the art of acceptance begins the pursuit. I guess, I never really got the point when I prayed for desire before, such that its pretty much the same concept as this one and that is- unless God blesses us with desire, unless God seeks us then we will fail to desire Him, to see Him. I never really fully understood till now that it’s not our choice, it’s His.

b. Man must then seek God and God alone but this does not mean narrowing our lives.

If there was a change in thought in this point it would be on the following thoughts. Teachers continually learn, students depends on the teacher. Upon reading Tozer, I guess, there was a strong realization that pursuing God does not mean that you go to church every Sunday, you attend youth, you enter ministries and do activities, etc… The pursuit of God goes far beyond activities because then you’re pursuing for a greater purpose. The pursuit of God is an personal thing wherein we can’t be totally dependent on our cell group leaders or pastors to feed us what we want to know, what we need to know. This is the reason behind our devotions…etc…

c. The Pursuit for God/of God/with God is something that is done consciously.

I used to believe that we wait for God because there will be times when God would seem distant but the pursuit should not stop and the desire should not linger, instead, it should be a continuous, conscious process wherein we are aware of the chase- that I personally didn’t know. I mean I know that we must seek God, but I never really thought that it happens consciously. I guess its just that, I never really saw my pursuit as something that was done consciously.


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