The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

“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.”

We go to church, Sunday school, Bible classes, small groups, etc. We long for something that will satisfy. We have turned to the church, its church body, and pastors to guide but frequently we still crave for something more despite a ‘spiritual’ moment here or there. We long for something more. We have lost our connection to God. Our incessant searching has replaced our goal. We have forgotten what holy communion with God actually looks like.

A.W. Tozer gives us plenty of reasons in this short book why we have failed, but there are two significant points that I recall. First, we regularly forget that God is a personal God. In order to remember His holiness, we tend to put him on an unreachable pedestal where He rules over us. But God wants to be in relationship with us. He wants it so much that He literally took on human nature as Jesus. He is with us. Second, our own attitudes and pride constantly interfere. We are self-righteous, always putting our thoughts and problems in front of everything and we don’t let God in.

I appreciate Tozer’s wisdom and brevity. He keeps things short and simple however he packs a hefty punch. In all I do I need to do it for the glory of the Lord. Move towards Him. Know Him. Listen to Him. Work for Him. Think about Him. Desire Him. Our lives should be constant, whole-hearted pursuit of our wonderful God.