We all know that in order to find treasures we must consider two things: first, we must look in the right place, and second, we should be prepared to do some digging. Well, in this blog, I’ve done the looking and digging for you. Below you will find some true nuggets and gems from A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God. I hope that you enjoy these timeless truths and that you might be enticed to seek the mother lode.
Chapter 1 – Following Hard After God
The modern scientist has lost God amid the wonders of His world; we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word. We have forgotten that God is a person and, as such, can be cultivated as any person can.
Chapter 2 – The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing
The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the “poor in spirit.” …. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things.
Chapter 3 – Removing the Veil
Everything in the New Testament accords with this Old Testament picture. Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies. God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there. This is to be known to us in a conscious experience. It is more than a doctrine to be held; it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.
Chapter 4 – Apprehending God
To most people God is an inference, not a reality.
But we must avoid the common fault of pushing the “other world” into the future. It is not future, but present. It parallels our familiar physical world, and the doors between the two worlds are open.
Chapter 5 – The Universal Presence
The Presence and the manifestation of the Presence are not the same. There can be the one without the other. God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of His presence.
Chapter 6 – The Speaking Voice
I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.
Chapter 7 – The Gaze of the Soul
Our plain man, in reading this(John 3:14-15), would make an important discovery. He would notice that look and believe are synonymous terms. “Looking” on the Old Testament serpent is identical with “believing” on the New Testament Christ. That is, the looking and the believing are the same thing. And he would understand that, while Israel looked with their external eyes, believing is done with the heart. I think he would conclude that faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.
Chapter 8 – Restoring the Creator-Creature Relation
Now over against this set almost any Bible character who honestly tried to glorify God in his earthly walk. See how God winked at weakness and overlooked failures as He poured upon His servants grace and blessing untold. … The man of God who set his heart to exalt God above all; God accepted his intention as fact and acted accordingly. Not perfection, but holy intention made the difference.
Chapter 9 – Meekness and Rest
Jesus calls us to His rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
Chapter 10 – The Sacrament of Living
We must offer all our acts to God and believe that He accepts them. Then hold firmly to that position and keep insisting that every act of every hour of the day and night be included in the transaction. Keep reminding God in our times of private prayer that we mean every act for his glory; then supplement those times by a thousand thought-prayers as we go about the job of living. Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.