One of the most inspiring people of God to me was/is A.W. Tozer. Although he is long since been gone from this world, God has used him to challenge me and force me to think differently in the way I approach, God, ministry and myself. I’ve been reading a daily devotional compiled of his writings called Renewed Day by Day. Below is an entry from this book. It hit me and I desired to share it. Go buy that devotional..trust me, it’s worth it!
Longing for God
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John 4:14
Almost every day of my life I am praying that “a jubilant pining and longing for God” might come back on the evangelical churches everywhere!
We do not need to have our doctrine straightened out; we are as orthodox as the Pharisees of old. But this longing for God that brings spiritual torrents and whirlwinds of seeking and self-denial—this is almost gone from our midst.
I believe that God wants us to long for Him with the longing that will become homesickness, that will become a wound to our spirits, to keep us always moving toward Him; always finding and always seeking; always having and always desiring!
So the earth becomes less and less valuable and heaven gets closer as we move into God and up into Christ.
Dare we bow our hearts and say, “Father, I have been an irresponsible, childish kind of Christian—more concerned with being happy than with being holy. O God, wound me with a sense of my own sinfulness. Wound me with compassion for the world, and wound me with love of Thee that will always keep me pursuing and always exploring and always seeking and finding!”
If you dare to pray that prayer sincerely and mean it before God, it could mean a turning point in your life. It could mean a great door of spiritual victory opened to you!”