Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Seek God Only

Every age has its own characteristics.

Right now we seem to living in a strange age of religious complexity.

The simplicity found in Christ is rarely found among us.

There are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy our time and attention but never satisfy the longing of our heart.

“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.”
A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

We must first determine to find God, amid all the externals.

Then we need to proceed in the way of simplicity.

Now as always, God discovers Himself to the simple hearted, to the babies and little children.

And hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and prudent.

Who is God then?

And how to find Him?

If we would have all our religion

 “lapped and folden in one word, for that thou shouldst have better hold there upon, take thee but a little word of one syllable: for so it is better than of two, for even the shorter it is the better it accordeth with the work of the spirit. And such a word is this word GOD or this word LOVE.”
The Cloud of Unknowing

We must simplify our approach to Him.

We need to strip down to the bare essentials.

The habit of seeking “God… and” effectively prevents us from finding Him.

If we were only to omit “and” and we shall soon find Him.

“Lift thine heart unto God with a meek stirring of love; and mean Himself, and none of His goods. And thereto, look thee loath to think on aught but God Himself so that nought work in thy wit, or in thy will, but only God Himself. This is the work of the soul that most pleaseth God.”
The Cloud of Unknowing

Strip down everything in prayer.

Put away our effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood.

If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.

And in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly looking for.

“We need not fear that in seeking God only we may narrow our lives or restrict the motions of our expanding hearts. The opposite is true we can well afford to make God our All, to concentrate, to sacrifice the many for the One.”

A. W. Tozer – Pursuit of God

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