“We would see Jesus.”
Evermore the worldling’s cry is, “Who will show
us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and
riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew where I
might find HIM!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour
the gold of
The Pursuit of God
by A.W. Tozer
this hour of all-but-universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: within the
fold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of
persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself.
They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor
will they be content with correct 'interpretations' of truth. They are athirst
for God, and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the
Fountain of Living Water. This is the only real harbinger of revival which I
have been able to detect anywhere on the religious horizon. It may be the cloud
the size of a man's hand for which a few saints here and there have been
looking. It can result in a resurrection of life for many souls and a recapture
of that radiant wonder which should accompany faith in Christ, that wonder
which has all but fled the
evangelicalism has (to change the figure) laid the altar and divided the
sacrifice into parts, but now seems satisfied to count the stones and rearrange
the pieces with never a care that there is not a sign of fire upon the top of
is today no lack of Bible teachers to set forth correctly the principles of the
doctrines of Christ, but too many of these seem satisfied to teach the
fundamentals oft he faith year after year, strangely unaware that there is in
their ministry no manifest Presence, nor anything unusual in their personal
lives. They minister constantly to believers who feel within their breasts a
longing which their teaching simply does not satisfy. I trust I speak in
charity, but the lack in our pulpits is real.
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. The truth of Wesley's words is established before our eyes: `Orthodoxy, or right opinion, is, at best, a very slender part of religion. Though right tempers cannot subsist without right opinions,yet right opinions may subsist without right tempers. There may be a right opinion of God without either love or one right temper toward Him. Satan is proof of this.'
Thanks to our splendid Bible societies and to other effective agencies for the dissemination of the Word, there are today many millions of people who hold 'right opinions,' probably more than ever before in the history of the Church.Yet I wonder if there was ever a time when true spiritual worship was at a lower ebb. 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.
Sound Bible exposition is an imperative must in the Church of the living God. Without it no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term. But exposition may be carried on in such way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. 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. 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 and center of their hearts.
This book is a modest attempt to aid God's hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.