A.T. Tower said that the difference between some of the great patriarchs is that they did something about their longing for God. They created a lifelong habit of spiritual response to God. The patriarchs we’re not disobedient to the heavenly vision as David put it neatly “when thou saidst ‘seek ye my face’ , My heart said unto thee, thy face Lord will I seek”. (The Essential Tozer Collection: The Pursuit of God/The Purpose of Man/The Crucified Life. A. W. Tozer Compiled and Edited by James L. Snyder p. 66) A habit of spiritual response in ones life can be cultivated by true worship and prayer. Wisdom calls out and pleads with us to listen but we need our ears to be sharpened to hear spiritual things because our ears are dulled by the world. Introspection of ones thoughts which creates habits need to examined. The Holy Spirit can reveal to you things that need to be changed in your life if you ask him. Introspection of ones self is almost none existent in the worldly individual and I hate to say it, but also in some Christians. You can see this by what drives a person by examining their actions. First we need to examine our lives and see what areas need to be repaired in order for us to have a habit of spiritual response to God. If we continually seek him, and have true worship, prayer and read his word then we will by the power of the Holy Spirit obey and be responsive to God.
Let us pray to hear Gods voice through the Bible and in our everyday lives. He is jealous to speak with us. He longs to communicate with us. He is a rewarder of those who seek him.
“6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
The great patriarchs sought God even when they knew of their own deficiencies. The obeyed God in the face of persecution. They did for God even when they knew not how things were going to work out. They talked to God and pleaded with him. They knew God was their creator. They obeyed God even when they didn’t feel like it. They worshiped God and sang to him.
Martin Luther changed the course of history. While he was learning to be a monk, he sought after any hidden sin that may have stopped him from being close to God. He diligently inspected his own life and thoughts. Was there anything not pleasing to God? Was there any unrepentant sin? Hours of confession did not appease Luther and therefore began the great reformation that lead Luther to question the catholic church. What Luther had that drove him was a deep desire to seek and be right with God. Of course he found that no one could be right with God no matter how hard they confessed or tried on their own. He sought answers in the Bible. While his colleagues only read the commenters of the Bible, Luther wanted to go straight to the source which was not in frequent circulation yet. If we only had more people like Luther today, they the church would be filled with God’s presence. It scares me to the church of today acting as a business only. Prescribed actions leave the crowd wondering who God is and revival is almost cut out from the root.
God is there for us! If we seek him, he will hear us. Don’t believe everything you see or hear. Compare all against the word of God. If your schedule is keeping you away from God, then ask him for help. If you feel far away from him, then ask him to bring you closer and then walk by faith. Seek God and delve deep into why you do things. Think about what motives you. Be like Martin Luther and put God first. It is a process, but don’t stop seeking God. You will be rewarded by having a life long spiritual response and receptivity to God. It is like a muscle that needs to be used and toned. The more you use it the stronger you will get through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The joy of the Lord is my strength!!!