throw some Tozer in your lap (5) | He will manage it


To believe actively that our Heavenly Father constantly spreads around us providential circumstances that work for our present good and our everlasting well-being brings to the soul a veritable benediction. Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart. There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God. Our insistence upon seeing ahead is natural enough, but it is a real hindrance to our spiritual progress. God has charged himself with full responsibility for our eternal happiness and stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him. Here is His promise: “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”

~ A. W. Tozer

Oh Tozer. You write such beautiful truths. [And I have to read them a few times before I understand how beautiful and how true they are. :)] I could easily write a page processing each sentence… Here’s a small taste of said processing…

  • “to believe actively that our Heavenly Father constantly spreads around us providential circumstances…” – It is one thing to say we believe that God places circumstances around us in His providence. It is an entirely other thing to believe actively. Active belief shows itself in our actions. 
  • “brings to the soul a veritable benediction” – to truly believe this, in a way that influences the way we live, is an intense blessing to our souls
  • “praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way” – Most of us live in a way that doesn’t always acknowledge that God is working for our present good and our everlasting well-being. We neglect to seek Him. We try to take control ourselves. We try to make things happen and to put ourselves where we think we need to be. We do not trust with certainty. We are afraid that we will mess up His plan. 
  • “This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart.” – When we do not trust Him, we are not only choosing not to live fully the abundant life that He offers but we are instead choosing to keep our hearts in a constant state of stress/disaster/chaos/confusion.
  • “repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God” – The better/BEST way to live is to realize that our wisdom is not very wise… and God’s infinite wisdom is infinitely GREAT and can and should be trusted, entirely.
  • “a real hindrance to our spiritual progress” – It’s natural to look forward. It’s normal to try to figure what is going to happen. But that doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s actually a hindrance to our spiritual lives/growth. [That’s a wake up call!]
  • “stands ready to take over the management of our lives the moment we turn in faith to Him” – God is there, able and ready and desiring, to be the manager of our lives. He first wants us to come to Him, filled with Faith that He will manage it better than we ever could.
  • Here is His promise: “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” – Wonderful. Beautiful. Joy giving.

{For the last few weeks we’ve failed to have our weekly, “Let’s sit and talk about our Tozer book” meetings. So, we’ve also not been keeping up with our reading Tozer. So, I’ve also not been throwing any Tozer in your lap. ;) [I’m pretty sure that you have been really upset about that. Or maybe no one really reads my Tozer posts and they are mostly just for my own processing. Who knows.] But today we fixed that and I’m so glad. I love Tozer. I might be sad when we finish the book in a couple weeks.}

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