My thoughts on reading The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine by A.W. Tozer
Chapter 6 – The Speaking Voice
As a speech/language pathologist, I enjoy thinking about communication, whether it is social or technical, spoken or written. I’m pretty well educated in the events and lessons of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Yet, in this latest chapter, Tozer again taught me concepts that had never occurred to me before and had never been taught to me in 30-some years of listening to sermons and Sunday School teachers. The ideas are simple and straightforward, so they reveal the ongoing need for me and for all of us to just see God for Who He has revealed Himself to be. We know He is complicated beyond our understanding, so we try to match that complex expectation with our human ideas, not realizing that He has made the greatest truths of Himself simple and straightforward so that anyone of us can understand.
The first of these great truths is that God is speaking. I think of Genesis and how God spoke the universe and all of His creation into existence, and I think of that as being past tense; however, the truth is that His voice continues to resound throughout all of existence. Tozer explains, “the expression of the will of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality.” For each of us, this begins when He creates each individual by choosing the parents for a fledgling soul, the time in history in which he or she will experience life on Earth, and what continent, government, and culture will surround him or her. God gifts each one with talents and strengths as well as weaknesses so that each of us is given potentiality according to God’s wisdom and timing.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” ~ James 1:17-18