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The Pursuit of God
Pastor Randal Alquist
Psalms 42:1-2 (KJV) As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

During this time of encouraged retreat, we have options. Though we are guessing as to when we can once again enjoy fellowship, we can not forget that we have been given an urge that calls us to pursue. I love what Tozer says in his classic book, The Pursuit of God, “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

In this divine “upholding” and human “following” there is no contradiction. . . . Man must pursue God. On our part, there must be a positive reciprocation if this secret drawing of God is to eventuate in identifiable experience of the Divine. In the warm language of personal feeling, this is stated in the Forty-second Psalm, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” This is deep calling unto deep, and the longing heart will understand it…

I want to encourage you to stir this divine longing after God. Many of us have felt the impact of withdrawal. As we have stepped away from what was normal, the amount of change that has been thrust upon us in such a short time can paralyze us. We can allow what is looming in front of us to shadow who is inside of us and stunt all spiritual growth.

To once again quote Tozer: “Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.” There is an opportunity when change is present to redirect the stream of our affection towards those things that draw us closer to our source of strength or towards our fears.

Let’s decide to draw within to the strength of our Father and shine, during this time of uncertainty, a light of hope and love to those who need it. Let’s come out of this far stronger as we aim our passion at the king.

PRAYER: Father God, help me to stir the passion within me towards your face. I choose to quiet the fear and instead press my ear to your word. Draw me, Jesus, unto your peace and strengthen me in my pursuit of more of you.

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