Thoughts on “The Pursuit of God”
by: Harry Sio
Once I heard Pastor Henry share regarding Jesus and his disciples, that it’s not so much that “We have found the Messiah” (John 1:41), but rather, it was Jesus who found us. I like the juxtaposition and the play on words. I was delighted to read recently that in 1948, A.W. Tozer wrote “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.” (Ch. 1). My heart whispered with awe at how these words ring true even today.
Tozer also said that our freedom from the tyranny of things comes “not by fighting but by surrendering “ (Ch.2) I can relate to this deeply from my own struggles. There was a period of time when I’d always pray for the Holy Spirit to fill me and give me strength to stand firm when temptations come. However, it didn’t feel very sustainable. Then Pastor Henry reminded me that God has not instructed us to “stand firm” in temptations, rather we are instructed to flee ! (2 Timothy 2:22) I didn’t quite understand at the time, but now I know that the only way to leave sin is to draw close to God. Finally, Tozer stated, the foundation of everything is “the inward habit of beholding God.“ (Ch.7) This is a very good place for my thoughts to land, as we go through the current pandemic that is shaking up the whole human race.
Other quotes that stood out to me from this book:
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. (Preface)
You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him. (Ch. 7)
He (God) never guessed; He knew, and He knows. (Ch.6)