Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tozer: the necessity of renunciation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
    “Here I am,” he replied.
    Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
    —Genesis 22:1-2 (NIV)
    If we would indeed know God in growing intimacy, we must go this way of renunciation. And if we are set upon the pursuit of God He will sooner or later bring us to this test. Abraham’s testing was, at the time, not known to him as such, yet if he had taken some course other than the one he did, the whole history of the Old Testament would have been different. God would have found His man, no doubt, but the loss to Abraham would have been tragic beyond the telling. So we will be brought one by one to the testing place, and we may never know when we are there. At that testing place there will be no dozen possible choices for us; just one and an alternative, but our whole future will be conditioned by the choice we make.
    ... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948], Christian Publications, 1982, p. 30 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 22:1-14; Matt. 5:3; 10:37-38; 16:24; 19:21,29; Mark 8:34; 10:21; Luke 9:23-24; 14:26-27; 18:29
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me ready to follow You.
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