Monday, September 01, 2014

SERMON: All God needs is a spiritual response

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 7/11/2014

In his book, “In Pursuit of God,” A.W. Tozer asks, “Why do some persons find God in a way others do not?”

First, what does it mean to find God?

In his book, “In Pursuit of God,” A.W. Tozer asks, “Why do some persons find God in a way others do not?”

First, what does it mean to find God?

To find something, you must search for it. Even more, you must have a desire for it.

Each of us have inward longings and desires. Everyone is searching for something. All of us search for security. We want our families to be safe and secure. We want job security. I know of no one who has found either.

All of us want good health and a long life. This is more difficult to find than security. Because of our failure to find either security or lasting health, we often pursue some type of pleasure that will ease the frustration we feel.

So where is the failure or the disconnect?

“The difference lies not with God but with us,” Tozer writes.

So, again, what does it mean to find God?

Tozer believed the most important quality anyone can have is a spiritual awareness. If we are not aware of God and His desire to reveal Himself to us, we are disconnected from the greatest source of light and power we could ever possess. Many people are aware of God, but never offer any meaningful spiritual response.

Simply put, most of us pursue everything ahead of God. To take the high road of spiritual living and offer a meaningful spiritual response to God would require us to put God ahead of everything else. That puts us on the horns of a dilemma. Do we pursue God? Or do we pursue our desires?

“When thou said-st, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek” (Psalm 22:18).

If you want to find God, the next time you feel that inward longing do something about it, make a spiritual response; say “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

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