Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Smell, Taste, Hear And Experience God

“It is a solemn thing, and no small scandal in the Kingdom, to see God’s children starving while actually seated at the Father’s table.”
A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

There are people athirst for God, around us.

And they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of Living Water.

There is a lot of talk about the state of the world.

Great sadness on how everything is only getting worse.

But the truth is that there are persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself.

They might not be everywhere.

But there is no age when true faith was universal.

True Christians, dedicated to their King, have always been few.

Most of the so called Christians lack the radiant wonder which should accompany faith in Christ.

But is it their fault?

According to A. W. Tozer, “To great sections of the Church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the “program”. This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.”

Is the church a building, or the body of believers?

Is the church the conventional and traditional program we are used to seeing and receiving?

Do we desire God above all?

Are we athirst to taste for ourselves the piercing sweetness of the love of Christ?

“We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee Still:
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.”
St. Bernard

Or do we go to the Church to belong?

To be among our neighbor, to be just like everyone else?

Because it is a tradition and costume in our family, in our community, in our country?

Do we need all the traditions?

And most of all, what it the center of our Church?

What is the most important thing there?

Is it the tradition or God?

“For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth.”
A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

It is not enough to hear the sermon and to be in the church on Sundays.

It is the commitment of the heart that matters.

“The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core center of their hearts.”
A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

We do not worship the Bible, nor do we worship the Church.

We worship the Living God.

And in worshiping Him, we develop a true relationship with Him.

We are able to communicate with Him, to have conversations with Him, and to taste, smell, hear, and experience Him with our senses.

Do you go to the church to experience God?

1 comment:

  1. We worship the Living God ! beautiful conclusion to the religious and state of traditions.
    God Bless Joanna, i enjoyed this one.