Holding Forth The Word Of Life.
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Almost 50 years ago, A.W. Tozer, Christian writer and pastor wrote, "enlighten our minds that we may know Thee as Thou art, so that we may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee." These words were part of an opening prayer in his excellent book, The Knowledge of the Holy .
Tozer was touching one of the greatest issues that ever faces the heart of man. And that issue is what we think about God. He goes on to say, "Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightiest word in any language is its word for God."
Tozer's conclusion, when it was written in the middle 20th century, is as true today as it was then.
There is also little question that the influence of our increasingly secular culture has been to drive the "thought of God" farther and farther from the minds of many people. The results are becoming obvious in diminishing church attendance, and every year more churches which once had large and flourishing congregations are closing their doors for lack of interest.
Is there a connection between these realities, and our comprehension of God? Have even Christian churches themselves surrendered a high and lofty view of God, and lost their sense of awe and reverential worship of the Divine, Majestic God? Has such loss created a cynical view of faith, and what faith can do for the soul of man?
We believe there is a connection. And as we see how many people today are searching for soul security, peace and happiness in materialism and "things," we propose again, that outside of a regained vision of a reverent and majestic "thought of God" true happiness remains elusive.
Recently an atheist group proposed to place paid advertisements on Toronto's transit system buses, which suggest that "there probably is no God" and that people should "quit worrying, and enjoy your life."
Mass advertising is often used to convince people of purchases they should make, or things they should do to be happier. However, it is hard to comprehend how real enjoyment could possibly be found in the disturbing suggestion that there might be no God, and thus no real answers for life.
Would there be a thought so dreadful, as the idea that we, as intelligent human beings, are nothing more than a cosmic accident, the end result of some bizarre game of chance, and that we are quite alone, and without purpose in this world?
Is there really nothing more to life, than to forget where one has come from, to forget where one is going, and focus only on present selfish pleasures?
Thank God, we don't need to live in such troubling insecurity! The person who sincerely seeks God will find divine response. "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8). This Scripture has been found real by many a peace-filled, joyful soul.
Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). Here is the source of real happiness, and a fulfilling life!
- Mervin Brubacher
A Crisis of Our Time