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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pursuing God 4


Today I’m reading Hebrews 12:2. “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

One of the best chapters in AW Tozer’s classic “The Pursuit of God” is the one entitled “The Gaze of the Soul” in which he examines what faith really is. Rather than thinking about faith in terms of quantity (“I wish I had more faith”) which a lot of Christians tend to do, Tozer says that faith is primarily the direction in which we look.

Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous faze of the heart at the Triune God…directing the heart’s attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘behold the Lamb of God,’ and never easing that beholding for the rest of our lives. At first this may be difficult, but it becomes easier as we look steadily at His wondrous Person, quietly and without strain. Distractions may hinder, but once the heart is committed to Him, after each brief excursion away from Him the attention will return again and again and rest upon Him like a wandering bird coming back to its window.

Now, if faith is the gaze of the heart at God, and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do. It would be like God to make the most ital thing east and place it within that range of possibility for the weakest and poorest of us…The simplicity of it, for instance. Since believing is looking, it can be done without special equipment or religious paraphernalia…Since believing is looking it can be done at any time. No season is superior to another season for this sweetest of all acts [no special holy days or seasons]…Neither does place matter in this blessed work of believing God. Lift your heart and let it rest upon Jesus and you are instantly in a sanctuary though it be a [train car] or a factory or a kitchen. You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.

So, turn your eyes upon Jesus. This is both a conscious and sometimes unconscious thing. We consciously need to intentionally turn our inward gaze to Christ throughout the day. Little prayers whispered to him while in the presence of others or while in the middle of meetings, projects, classes, driving, eating, living! And unconsciously we'll realize he was been with us all along offering glimpses of his guiding hand and supporting power. That's when your spontaneously heart goes, "Thank you, Lord."


Today’s prayer: O Lord, I have heard a good word inviting me to look away to Thee and be satisfied. My heart longs to respond, but sin has clouded my vision till I see Thee but dimly. Be please to cleanse me in Thin own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may with unveiled eyes gaze upon Thee all the days of my earthly pilgrimage. Then shall I be prepared to behold Thee in full splendor in the day when Thou shalt appear to be glorified in Thy saints and admired in all them that believe. Amen.

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