I had long admired the intimacy with God that Brother Lawrence described, in a book (compiled after his death), entitled, The Practice of the Presence of God. He wrote:
There is nothing in the world more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us.
Oh, how I love that piece of wisdom! When I initially came to the Lord, it was because I had heard that a relationship with Him was possible. In other words, I came because of a possibility!
Afterward, I began to experience how “sweet and delightful” it truly was! I followed Hosea’s encouragement:
Let us learn about Yahweh.
Let us be zealous to know and cherish Yahweh.
He will come to us as sure as the morning comes.
He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground (Hosea 6:3)
I learned to follow Tozer’s example of being “an omnivorous reader” and searched for every devotional book I could get my hands on; I began my own “pursuit of God.” But, as Tozer pointed out:
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”
And indeed, He had put that “urge” within me! I have since, learned to unlock what could be summarized by Moses’ prayer, “Show me thy glory,” or Paul’s exclamation, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” It was, as one writer described it as, “theology not of the head but of the heart“!
Has our God put this yearning in your heart? If so, may this be the year that your search begins to be fulfilled! Ahh, but remember, as Tozer went on to say,
“The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”
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