“Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist on trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image.” A. W. Tozer
Think about it. If God is only as big, as holy, as merciful, as powerful as I can understand, then of what use is he? God would be no more than human and where would that leave us? Thank God that “He Is That He Is”! My God is All- all mighty, all holy, all powerful. He is perfect love, perfect grace, perfect mercy. Praise His name!
For from him and through him and for him are all things.Romans 11:36
Some of us are inclined to look at the world and see only what’s wrong. DeWitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer who has used his profession to celebrate what’s right about the world. He waits and watches until a shaft of light or turn of perspective suddenly reveals a wonder that had been there all along. He uses his camera to find beauty in the most common faces of people and nature.
If anyone had reason to focus on the wrongs of the world, Job did. After losing all that had given him joy, even his friends became his accusers. Together their voices taunted him for not admitting that he was suffering for sins he was hiding. When Job cried out to the heavens for help, God remained silent.
Finally, from within the chaos of a whirlwind and the darkness of a storm, God asked Job to consider wonders of nature that reflect a wisdom and power far beyond our own (Job 38:2–4).
Would He now ask us? What about something as natural as the ways of a dog, cat, fluttering leaf, or blade of grass? Could a shaft of light, or a turn of perspective, reveal—even in our pain—the mind and heart of a Creator who has been with us and for us all along?
Father in heaven, we’ve spent too much time thinking only about what is wrong and broken with our world. Please help us to see evidence of Your presence in the wonder of what only You could have done.
In the faces of nature there are wonders that never cease.
Job had heard many “answers” to the problem of his pain, but he wanted to hear from the Lord. When he did, God asked Job a series of questions that revealed His infinite superiority. And His questions pointed to the wonders of creation.
All creation points to God. A key way He speaks to us is through that creation. How refreshing to commune with our Lord as we enjoy His handiwork!
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Trrty
Central African Republic
Cocos (keeling) Islands
Congo Democratic Republic of
Congo People’s Republic of
Falkland Islands (malvinas)
French Southern Territories
Heard and Mc Donald Islands
Korea Peoples Democracy
Korea Republic of
Lao People’s Democracy
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Moldova Republic of
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
South Georgia and Sandwich Isl.
St. Pierre and Miquelon
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Isl.
Syrian Arab Republic
Tanzania United Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
US Minor Outlying Islands
United Arab Emirates
Vatican City State
Virgin Islands (British)
Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Wallis and Futuna Islands
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Some of you know that my favorite, favorite TV/movie/book series is Star Trek, primarily, the original series. I began watching it the year it began (with much argument with parental rules about bedtimes) and continue to be a Trekker to this day. In one of my favorite Trek novels, Spock’s World by Diane Duane, Spock, Kirk, and Dr. McCoy are in a discussion (as usual) about the differences between humans and Vulcans. McCoy complains about the inability to translate certain words. Spock tries to explain to McCoy that it is not a word, per se, that McCoy is trying to understand, but an concept – that Vulcans, unlike humans, have the ‘direct experience of the being or force responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Universe’ and that they ‘experience that presence directly and constantly.’ McCoy and Kirk are somewhat shocked and observe that the Vulcans appear to be in possession of what humans have been seeking for millennia.
In my reading pile just now is a book by A. W. Tozer called The Pursuit of God*. I have not finished yet, but Tozer’s premise for writing is that Christians have the ability to have that experience as well, to end that seeking. “The greatest fact of the tabernacle was that Jehovah was there, a Presence was waiting within the veil,” as he writes. Tozer goes on to say that we, our ‘selfs,’ are the veil that now hides the living presence of God from us. Tozer shows how “a loving Personality” is evident throughout the Bible – walking in the Garden, speaking with Moses and Abraham, and teaching and calling the disciples and us.
So this is a challenge for each who calls himself a Christian – to seek after that personal, direct relationship with God. We use a lot of words sometimes to describe discipleship, we often use traditions and rituals to convince ourselves we’re doing it right, but the truth is that we get in our own way more often than not. Instead of focusing on developing a friendship, a connection with God by spending TIME with him, we rush through our daily quota – read this many verses/chapters, read this devotional in the morning, that at night, prayer for this request or that. STOP! Stop and smell the roses! Friendships are built by investing, not in accomplishing a to-do list. Slow down. Savor. Get to know God, get to know Jesus, the same way you got to know your best earthly friend – by talking, laughing, crying together.
The psalmist speaks about this living God, long before Jesus came, died, and rose to live forever:
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2
So are you investing your time into developing a close, intimate relationship with Jesus, or are you merely checking off the items on your to-do list? Only one option with have eternal consequences. Choose wisely.
*The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer, Tozer Legacy Edition, copyright 1982, Christian Publications, Inc.
Let us say it again: The universal Presence is a fact. God is here. The whole universe is alive with His life. And He is no strange or foreign God, but the familiar Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whose love has for these thousands of years enfolded the sinful race of man.