A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God is a bona fide Christian classic. This holiness title can be found shelved in the libraries of God chasers the globe over. It is a must read for the spiritually hungry and thirsty. It is a must read for those pursuing the holy life. If you long to chase and find God, then this book will aid you as you continue the journey.
The following are a few of the most resonate excerpts offered by Tozer in The Pursuit of God.
“We can exaggerate about many things; but we can never exaggerate our obligation to Jesus, or the compassionate abundance of the love of Jesus to us. All our lives we might talk of Jesus, and yet we should never come to an end of the sweet things that might be said of him. Eternity will not be longs enough to learn all he is, or to praise him for all he has done, but then, that matters not; for we shall be always with him, and we desire nothing more” (41).
“The Presence and the manifestation of the Presence are not the same. There can be the one without the other. God is here when we are wholly unaware of it. He is manifest only when and as we are aware of his presence. On our part, there must be surrender tot he Spirit of God, for his work is to show us the Father and the Son. If we cooperate with him in loving obedience, God will manifest himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with th light of his face” (64).
“Our pursuit of God is successful just because he is forever seeking to manifest himself to us” (65).
“A satisfactory spiritual life will begin with a complete change in relation between God and the sinner; not a judicial change merely, but a conscious and experienced change affecting the sinner’s whole nature. The atonement in Jesus’ blood makes such a change judicially possible and the working of the Holy Spirit makes it emotionally satisfying. The story of the prodigal son perfectly illustrates this latter phase … This story overlooks the legal aspects of redemption, but it makes beautifully clear the experiential aspects of salvation” (100).
“In determining relationships we must begin somewhere. there must be somewhere a fixed center against which 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, ‘Thou art.’ Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point. ‘I am that I am,’ says God, ‘I change not’” (100).
“Long-held habits do not die easily. It will take intelligent thought and a great deal of reverent prayer t escape completely from the sacred-secular psychology” (122).
Work Cited: Tozer, A. W.. The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. Camp Hill: Wingspread Publishers, 2007.