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there is a difference

Recently, one of my sons, who happens to be married to my youngest daughter and is the father of 3 of my grandchildren, sent me a text which included a page out of A.W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.   This is only enough to wet your appetite, but this is what Jon sent me to review.  Take a moment and dig into this rich delicacy, laid out by a brilliant mind.  What Tozer says is very true.  There is a difference.  -MDP-

I have risked the tedium of quotation that I might show by pointed example what I have set out to say, viz., that God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is. Such worship as Faber knew (and he is but one of a great company which no man can number) can never come from a mere doctrinal knowledge of God. Hearts that are “fit to break” with love for the Godhead are those who have been in the Presence and have looked with opened eye upon the majesty of Deity. Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known to or understood by common men. They habitually spoke with spiritual authority. They had been in the Presence of God and they reported what they saw there. They were prophets, not scribes, for the scribe tells us what he has read, and the prophet tells us what he has seen.

The distinction is not an imaginary one. Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are today overrun with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the Wonder that is God. And yet, thus to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God.

With the veil removed by the rending of Jesus’ flesh, with nothing on God’s side to prevent us from entering, why do we tarry without? Why do we consent to abide all our days just outside the Holy of Holies and never enter at all to look upon God? We hear the Bridegroom say, “Let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice and thy countenance is comely.” We sense that the call is for us, but still we fail to draw near, and the years pass and we grow old and tired in the outer courts of the tabernacle. What doth hinder us?

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  1. Braedon
    June 6, 2012 at 6:12 am

    The other day I asked you about quotes you may use for your blogs and devotionals. This helps clarify why- no, how- you use those quotes. You’re not a scribe, but you see the truth in the depth of what has already been said. Thanks for this, Mike (and Jon)!

  2. June 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    “let me see Your face and hear Your voice…. for Your face is sweet and Your voice is lovely…” i have seen – He is willing to show, reveal, draw us close as we ask to be closer… ask? or should i say – desperately needed to be in the arms of our Father holding the hand of Jesus – filled with the Holy Spirit… i thank you for this blog. because it reminds me of what i DO have amongst all the noises of this world telling me what i don’t have.

    i wouldn’t trade what He gives me, what He chooses to show me…i don’t quite know how to share – but someday.

    We are in a grace of KNOWING – Intimacy with the Father through Jesus… and to be in relation with our Father – we need the face to face encounters… just as children – need that “face time” with their parents… this is what disolves all distractions and empowers us to LIVE!

    thank you so much for passing on… it’s fed me this morning.

  3. Sage
    June 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    yes, yes sir. glorious ! Thank you

  4. June 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    YES! I love it. Yay for prophets, for penetrating the veil, and dwelling in intimacy with our Bridegroom 🙂 Legit. Love you Papa Mike! This is a beautiful reminder of where we belong. 🙂

  5. Renee'
    June 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    How precious it is to hear, feel and see a glimps of Our Father and even if we can never explain the intimacy of His touch, we are changed forever! I needed to hear and be reminded of this!

  6. Jordan Snellenberger
    June 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    mmmmmmm……mmmmmmmm…. so good, and yet allowing it to sting, even as it heals and pushes me further! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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