Hard After God
By A. W. Tozer
How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for
us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act
of "accepting" Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the
Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further
revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a
spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no
more seek Him. In the midst of this great chill there are some, I
rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic.
They will admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with
tears to hunt some lonely place and pray. "Oh God, show me Thy glory.
They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their
inner eyes the wonder that is God.
I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God. The
lack of it has brought us to our present low estate. The stiff and
wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of
holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.
Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of
Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of
us He waits so long, so very long in vain. Every age has its own
characteristics. Right now we are in an age of religious complexity.
The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its
stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous
activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the
longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the
hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world
which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day,
know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
If we would find God amid all the religious externals, we must
first determine to find Him and then proceed in the way of simplicity.
Now, as always, God reveals Himself to "babes" and hides Himself in
thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our
approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be
found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress,
and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this,
without doubt, God will quickly respond.
<< back to
articles back to the top