the pursuit of god

It’s summer. Which means I have time to read. Or at least I make time to read.

I recently picked a book off my shelf that I read at some point in college. A.W. Tozer‘s The Pursuit of God.

What a great read. It’s a small book, but it packs a punch. One of my favorite chapters was Removing the Veil.

Tozer references the veil that was hung in the Temple separating the inner sanctuary of the Holy of Holies that could only be entered once a year by the high priest on Yom Kippur to atone for the people’s sin.

But with Jesus’ death and resurrection, the veil in the temple was torn, and Hebrews 10:19 states, “we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.”

Since the physical veil in the temple has been removed, and we have full access to God’s forgiveness and presence, Tozer writes about removing the figurative veil that hangs in our hearts. Here’s a few snippets.

God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole lives there.

[The veil] is woven of the fine threads of the self-life, the hyphenated sins of the human spirit. They are not something we do, they are something we are, and therein lies both their subtlety and their power. To be specific, the self-sins are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration and self-love.

They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention until the light of God is focused on them.

Self can live unrebuked at the very altar.

Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.

To rip through the dear and tender stuff of which life is made can never be anything but deeply painful. Yet that is that the cross did to Jesus and it is what the cross would do to every man to set him free.

This chapter just caused me to think…Am I pushing into God’s presence? What self-sins are hanging in my heart? Am I willing to ask God to reveal my sin? And to remove it, knowing it will probably hurt?

This is probably not a book you want to take to the beach, but a thought-provoking piece nonetheless. And you can get it online for free. And who doesn’t like a freebie?

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