Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Voice






Even with good intentions and great talent we will completely destroy ourselves, everything and everyone around us if we are not intentionally and consistently seeking to be in the presence of and in step with the will of God. If we are submissive to the voice of God in our lives we will be powerful, unique and world changing. Even great talent and extraordinary motivation are loss when separated from from the creative voice that brought all things into existence. If we look away for a moment we can, like Peter, succumb to the storm around us and be lost to the waves.

This has been a challenging week. A week where I'm completely off balance. I've felt like a baby deer trying to stand on a frozen pool. No traction. No footing. Nothing to hold on to. I've found some solid ground in Psalms 139 and in The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer.

God is everywhere. We can be nowhere that he is not near. He knows us and loves us. Our problem is often that we choose to be blind to His presence and deaf to his voice. I took the above picture last week on a short flight down to Atlanta. It's one of the most breathtaking things I have ever seen. The picture in no way does it justice. There can be no doubt that there is a God and that he his powerful and creative and loving and beautiful. This picture is the natural out flowing of his nature. The creator expresses himself in and through his creation. With a simple and powerful, "Let there be..." God spoke all things into existence. John says that in the beginning was the word and that same word is still present, still speaking life and beauty - adventure and love into the lives and hearts of those who will quiet themselves and listen. Allow yourself to hear his voice and submit to his will as he leads you in the way everlasting.

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1 comment:

Pastor Buzz said...

Thanks for a beautiful thought, Chris. On the church calendar, Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, when we remember the story of Jesus being on the mountaintop with Peter, James and John. There, they see him momentarily transfigured into glory, and the Father says, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" In a world that keeps us constantly off balance with its demands on time and talents, it is sometimes difficult to follow what is essentially a command that we take as mere advice.

If you know anything about the life and practices of A.W. Tozer, then you know that he lived in the absolute presence of God. He is probably the closest thing to a mystic that we have had in the Protestant tradition.