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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.

Tozer begins the chapter with the great Augustinian phrase, from his autobiographical masterpiece Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.” It is a sweeping statement about the origin and history of the human race, and that both are anchored in God himself. He is not only the cause of our creation, but he is the purpose of our existence. Via this summary, we not only come to understand the fact of our restless hearts, but we learn why they are so persistently restless and we a restless people. Apart from God, we thrash about desperately trying to cobble together a sense of identity and purpose, struggling to find our place of belonging in this world. We know not who we are, or whose we are, or who we are destined to become. And it is only upon returning to the One who brought forth our hearts from nothing, that we end our grinding search and find rest in the Living God who is both the beginning and end of our journey. Only in him do we find our identity, our purpose, and our destiny. Therefore, Tozer addresses the message of this chapter only to the person with a restless heart – the one in whom a deep longing has been awakened by the gentle, yet persistent hand of God upon their spirit.

Many of the ancient questions regarding the what and why of our spiritual lives are beautifully answered in The Westminster Shorter Catechism. “Question: What is the chief end of Man? Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” In my opinion, John Piper says it even better, “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.” Why is it better? Because, the way one glorifies God is by making Him the profound source of one’s deepest pleasure. In short, we are called to what Tozer called, “the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities.” Those who enter into such a wondrous relationship find the joy of interdependence and avoid the twin extremes of co-dependence and independence, both destructive to personhood. Co-dependence is the sickness of having oneself absorbed into that of another, with the accompanying loss of individuality. Independence is the disease of being so self-absorbed that one creates an illusory world in which there is no room for another, with the accompanying loss of community. Interdependence is the healthy path between the extremes where the individual person is honored as a unique creation of Christ and where the community of persons is celebrated as the unified Body of Christ. Here we find a mutuality of trust and love, and a place from which one can most closely mirror the intimate relationship between the three persons of the Trinity – three unique Persons, all unified in one God.

Memorize and consider how Augustine’s great statement relate to you: “You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in You.”

Wishing you God's grace and peace,

Ken Boa
Reflections Ministries

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