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This is another installment in a series that has been adapted from my 11-part MP3 teaching series on A. W. Tozer’s spiritual classic, The Pursuit of God.

Following Hard After God

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” (Psalm 42:1)

The Question

“What do you want more than anything else in the world?” The question is always there. It ignites the wish behind every birthday candle ceremony. It enchants the dream expressed in every child’s Christmas list for Santa. It informs the hope that accompanies every wedding toast. It breeds the expectation that attaches to each new birth. It fuels the yearning that erupts in a mid-life crisis. It colors our understanding of every promise in Scripture. And it articulates the imbedded anguish in every prayer request. It is the question: “What do you really want?” “What do you really want from God?” “What do you really want from God, more than anything else in the world?”

Aiden W. Tozer’s answer to that profound question is elegant simplicity itself. More than anything else in the world, he wanted God, God alone. And so he chose to order his life around that one single pursuit – the pursuit of God. And he penned a classic little book that invites us to join him in that holy pilgrimage. In 1948, he offered The Pursuit of God as a “modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him.”

In many ways Tozer was a modern-day prophet as well as a down-to-earth mystic. He was a self-educated man, forced by his home situation to forfeit the formal education of either high school or college. Yet, through years of diligent study and disciplined prayer, he prepared himself for the God-ordained role of calling the modern Church back to the practice of godliness. With no teacher but the Holy Spirit and many good books by ancient spiritual masters, he looked up from his lifelong posture of kneeling and cried out for others to follow him in the only pursuit that truly satisfies. He was convinced that a life given to seeking God first does not constrict one’s life, but enlarges it beyond one’s wildest wishes, hopes, and dreams.

If God were to ask you what you want more than anything else, how would you answer?

Wishing you God's grace and peace,

Ken Boa
Reflections Ministries

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