God-timacy

I love the Christian classic THE PURSUIT OF GOD by A.W. Tozer.

Tozer has an old-fashioned flair for the multisyllabic and sesquipedalian (i.e. Big Words), and the spiritual concepts he discusses are deep and heady. So usually I can only read a paragraph or two before I have to stop and digest the truths. 

DSCN4406Today I read a few words from the beginning of Chapter 4 about the nature of man’s faith in God that beg to be shared.

HE MUST BE…

“To most people God is an inference, not a reality. He is a deduction from evidence which they consider adequate; but He remains personally unknown to the individual. “He must be,” they say, “therefore we believe He is.”

BY HEARSAY…

“Others do not go even so far as this; they know of Him only by hearsay. They have never bothered to think the matter out for themselves, but have heard about Him from others, and have put belief in Him into the back of their minds along with the various odds and ends that make up their total creed.

IDEAL (BUT NOT REAL?)…

“To many others God is but an ideal, another name for goodness, or beauty, or truth; or He is law, or life, or the creative impulse back of the phenomena of existence.

GOD-TIMACY…

These notions about God are many and varied, but they who hold them have one thing in common: they do not know God in personal experience. The possibility of intimate acquaintance with Him has not entered their minds. While admitting His existence they do not think of Him as knowable in the sense that we know things or people.”

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CONCLUSION

Tozer’s observations leave only one conclusion for those who want to believe in and rely upon God in the way He desires. I like to call it God-timacy. Far from God-timidity, God-timacy allows humans to respond to their Creator just as they would a dear loved one. To pour out your most embarrasing feelings, to express your righteous (and unrighteous) anger, to unveil your secret desires and unspoken dreams, to shamelessly shed soul-wrenching tears, and to finally and firmly rest in His mighty caress.

Ahhh. God-timacy. 🙂


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