My favorite book other than the Bible is AW. Tozer’s Pursuit of God. It was recommended to my by a family member just after I was born again. To this day, I still have the same book and pull it out from time to time and read through the words written long ago and the words God had laid on my heart the first time I read it. One chapter sticks out more than the rest and that is Chapter 4. “Apprehending God”
Tozer notes, that for most people God is an inference, not a reality. They say, “He must be, therefore He is” with out every truly knowing Him. They have never bothered to think about Him but have only heard of Him through others. To many, God is but an ideal, another name for goodness. Tozer even goes on to say that for many “Christians” only believe in a theory. God is no more real to them than a mere set of principles in which to live by.
However the Bible tells us that we can know God with such intimacy, at least the same degree as we know anyone else. His word tells us we can “Taste and see, that the Lord is Good”- Psalm 38. “My sheep HEAR my voice” John 10:27. What can this mean? We have organs in our body that can know God. We have been made to experience the Godhead. But first, a saving work must be done. Our spirit must testify with His spirit. We must be made right with God.
Living in the right world
We live in a real, physical world. We experience that world through the 5 senses that God has given us. But, we also live in a spiritual world. The physical world dominates our every thought. We give it all of our attention and focus. We must begin to shift our thinking and our focus. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) The good news is, we don’t have to choose. We can have both. One can perform daily mundane duties and still have his thoughts on God. We must walk out our purpose on earth day-to-day, while keeping our mind on Heavenly things. This is not a an easy task. Most of us only think of Godly things for a moment until something in this world steals our attention and focus away to other things. This is where we must, moment by moment, turn our attention back to God. Listening for His voice, looking for His presence.
God is omnipresent. He is here with me as I write and He is there with you as your read this. He is in the church service where I feel the goose bumps and also the service where I have my mind on task I need to complete. The difference is not God, the difference is us. At times we turn our attention and focus to Him, while other times we dismiss the very thought that Jesus is present, sitting just beside us.
My final thought. No matter how spiritual you may think you are, you are still a sinful human being that must constantly ask for forgiveness and repentance is almost a moment by moment reality. In order to apprehend God, we must first admit that we are incapable of doing it on our own, we must have His help. Begin by asking God to help you stay your mind on things above.