Archives for September 2011
|An older picture of our house on an Indian summer day. Except we now have a 30 sq. m conservatory in front of the white wall.|
Willa Cather famously said, “The God of Art demands human sacrifices.”
If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth.
Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out.
Satan’s first attack on the human race was his sly effort to destroy Eve’s confidence in the kindness of God. Unfortunately for her and for us, he succeeded too well. From that day, men have had a false conception of God, and it is exactly this that has cut from under them the ground of righteousness and driven them to reckless and destructive living…
…The God of the Pharisee was not a God easy to live with, so his religion became grim and hard and loveless…
…The truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and His service one of unspeakable pleasure…
…How good it would be if we could learn that God is easy to live with. He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is…
from the The Best of Tozer, Baker 1978 edition, pp. 120-122
Certainly not all of the mystery of the Godhead can be known by man–but just as certainly, all that men can know of God in this life is revealed in Jesus Christ! When the Apostle Paul said with yearning, “That I may know Him,” he was not speaking of intellectual knowledge. Paul was speaking of the reality of an experience of knowing God personally and consciously, spirit touching spirit and heart touching heart. We know that people spend a lot of time talking about a deeper Christian life–but few seem to want to know and love God for Himself. The precious fact is that God is the deeper life! Jesus Christ Himself is the deeper life. And as I plunge on into the knowledge of the triune God, my heart moves on into the blessedness of His fellowship. This means that there is less of me and more of God–thus my spiritual life deepens and I am strengthened in the knowledge of His will.
Thank you to Paul at Thinking out Loud for these lovely excerpts from Tozer’s work.
And how does one become less busy. In the Biblical phrase, “Enquire of the Lord” before you commit to doing things, choose a book to read, choose a project to commit to, write a blog post.
And this will take a lifetime’s practice!!
One day, I will remember to tote a camera around me with me. Till then, here’s a picture from Greenbelt, 2011. Clockwise, Alan Crawley, Lesley Crawley and Tim Skellett, or Gurdur, the atheist who rashly threw himself to the Christian lions, and me, in pink. All caught here in a good-natured interlude by Revsimmy, Simon Nicholls.
And here is the last in my two week series of guest posts. Thank you very much everyone who has graciously written one for me.
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40 :31).
‘Those that wait on the Lord will renew their strength, they will mount up on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40:31