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Katrina's Musings (Pursuit of God quote)


An ever so timely quote from A.W. Tozer's book The Pursuit of God (chapter 8, pgs 94-95)

"In determining relationships we must begin somewhere. There must be somewhere a fixed center against everything else is measured, where the law of relativity does not enter and we can say "IS" and make no allowances. Such a center is God. When God would make His name known to mankind He could find no better word than "I AM." When He speaks in the first person He says, "I am"; when we speak of Him we say, "He is"; when we speak to Him we say, "You are." Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point. "I am that I am," says God, "I change not." (Exodus 3:14).

As the sailor locates his position on the sea by "shooting" the sun, so we may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in the right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.

Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image. The flesh whimpers against the rigor of God's inexorable sentence and begs like Agag for a little mercy, a little indulgence of its carnal ways. It is no use. We can get a right start only by accepting God as He is and learning to love Him for what He is. As we go on to know Him better we will find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is just what He is. Some of the most rapturous moments we know will be those we spend in reverent  admiration of the Godhead. In those holy moments the very thought of change in him will be too painful to endure."

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