Saturday, May 21, 2011

Put God in His Place

If ever a book needed to be read, A.W. Tozer's book, "The Pursuit of God," is it. I have never been so humbled by my humanity and more willing to change than I have when reading this book.

There is a section which I'd like to place here for you to read and meditate on. In it he speaks about our position with God, plainly stating that our satisfaction in life only comes when we have put God into the proper place.

"We must begin with God. We are right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position."

"Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and to bring Him nearer to our own image...We can get a right start only by accepting God as He is and learning to love Him for what He is. As we go on to know Him better we shall find it a source of unspeakable joy that God is just what He is. Some of the most rapturous moments we know will be those we spend in reverent admiration of the Godhead. In those holy moments the very thought of change in Him will be to painful to endure."

"So let us begin with God. Back of all, above all, before all is God; first in sequential order, above in rank and station, exalted in dignity and honor. As the self-existent One He gave being to all things, and all things exist out of Him and for Him. 'Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power. for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.'"Link
A.W. Tozer's thoughts echo the Scriptures themselves. A passage in Isaiah 40 comes immediately to mind, which has been much in my thoughts lately.

Verse 19 queries:

To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?*
Then in verse 25 this is repeated.

To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
I find myself asking this question over and over again, and then today I saw a video where a gentleman put it all into perspective. We constantly strive to bring God down to our level. In everything we do, we want Him to conform to our thinking. He must make decisions we understand, within our realm of stature and ideas.

Yet what if we put God into the place He should be - exalted above all, not moldable to our frail human methods? What does it say in Isaiah 55:8-9?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Higher thoughts! Higher ways! Do we really want to serve a God who is unable, unwilling, and uncaring?

"But,' you say, "I don't understand why..."

That's just it though. We don't understand because He is so much HIGHER than we are. We must take the limitations off of God. We must remove the restrictions of our thinking. True freedom comes when we let go of ourselves and allow God to be God, when we restore Him to the place of honor and ability that no other can possibly hold.

We must begin with God, and we must end with God. We must daily, minute-by-minute be ever subordinate to Him, always aware He is greater than we are. He is wiser than we are. It is in this right placing of spiritual relationship that we will find happiness, joy, and success. Anything else is outside of His ability because it is our abilities.

The truth is, we will never be able to do what it is in God's place to do for us in the first place.

* Quoted Isaiah verses are from the Revised Standard Version.

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Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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