The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Aiden Wilson Tozer, an Ohio auto-worker turned preacher and writer, made a lasting contribution to the corpus of Christian literature with his devotional works, especially The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy. A member of the Christian Missionary Alliance, Tozer’s real strength was his zeal for prayer and meditation, “the practice of the presence of God”. Although he has been referred to as a Christian mystic because of this focus, his understanding of prayer and spirituality was neither existential nor divorced from Scripture. In response to those who called him a mystic, he said this:
Some of my friends good-humoredly—and some a little bit severely—have called me a ‘mystic.’ Well I’d like to say this about any mysticism I may suppose to have. If an archangel from heaven were to come, and were to start giving me, telling me, teaching me, and giving me instruction, I’d ask him for the text. I’d say, ‘Where’s it say that in the Bible? I want to know.’ And I would insist that it was according to the scriptures, because I do not believe in any extra-scriptural teachings, nor any anti-scriptural teachings, or any sub-scriptural teachings.
Tozer’s classic work, The Pursuit of God, gives us fresh glimpses of spiritual devotion, an art that seems all but lost in the church today, and offers a helpful counterbalance to keep Christianity elevated above merely logical propositions.
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“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.”
“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.”
“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”
“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.”
“God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust”
“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.”
“He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.”
“God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.”