Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Genuine Encounter With God


Recently, my mother brought to my attention a book she's been reading. The book is called, "Tozer on the Almighty God" "A 366-Day Devotional, compiled by Ron Eggbert." And who Ron Eggbert is, I have no idea. However, I do know a little bit of who A.W. Tozer was; enough anyway, to respect what he said and carefully consider it. Anyhow, I found a little devotional that I thought was worth passing on.

A Genuine Encounter With God

"Is it not true that for most of us who call ourselves Christians there is no real experience? We have substituted theological ideas for an arresting encounter; we are full of religious notions, but our great weakness is that for our hearts there is no one there.
Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experiences must always include a genuine encounter with God. Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of reality, a cheap copy of an original once enjoyed by someone else of whom we have heard. It cannot but be a major tragedy in the life of any man to live in a church from childhood to old age and know nothing more real than some synthetic god compounded of theology and logic, but having no eyes to see, no ears to hear, and no heart to love....
We who experience God in this day may rejoice that we have in Him all that Abraham or David or Paul could have; indeed the very angels before the throne can have no more than we, for they can have no more of God and can want nothing apart from Him. And all that He is and all that He has done is for us and for all who share the common salvation."

At the end of this there is a little prayer included. I do not know who wrote it or any of that, but I do know what the Bible reference is to explain it. The reference is Exodus 3:2. The prayer is this,

"Lord, may I experience Your presence in such a real way today that I'll feel like taking off my shoes, because I'll know I'm on holy ground. Amen."

So there it is. I hope this will bring you to a desire to encounter God, or at least interested in what it would be like to do so. If this does interest you at all, I recommend the book "[extreme]God Chasers."

May you meet God today.

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