Of the many Christian books I’ve enjoyed reading over the past few years, few resonate with me on a level with A.W. Tozer’s classic The Pursuit of God. It challenges me to pursue greater depth in my relationship with Christ; to not merely recite the words of a prayer or worship song as if speaking to the air, rather as speaking to the very real Person of God. Tozer’s use of Scripture as well as quotations of Christians throughout time, from the early church fathers to his present day, adds a sense of continuity to his words; a sense of how our faith was practiced by men throughout the ages.
Further endearing me to Tozer is his lack of any formal high school or college education. He was a man who pursued God by devouring the writings of the great Christian thinkers throughout the Church’s history. He was said to have spent hours daily in godly contemplation, in reading the Bible and other books. His preaching and writing calls us out from our complacency and into a pursuit of the living God. I’ve recently started a small group and we are reading and discussing this book as a part of the group. While I have already read it a couple times, I thought this time through, I would try to write out some of my thoughts related to each chapter as we go.
“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love”
My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. – Ps 63:8
Tozer begins his first chapter discussing the doctrine of prevenient grace. He teaches us that before a man will seek God, God must have first sought out the man.[Continue Reading…]