Tozer Devotional

Fri, July 13, 2018

Reluctant Instruments

A commentary, as everyone knows, is a book written by a commentator, and a commentator is one who comments on what God has said, hoping thereby to make us understand what God meant.

The standard commentaries for the most part, however, make rather heavy reading. They almost always walk and if occasionally they run, they never run fast or far, and they rarely mount up with wings as eagles. For this reason I turn frequently with considerable pleasure to Charles Wesley's poetic commentary, a modest work of only 1,100 pages, printed in London in the last decade of the 18th century.

Wesley admits that many of his thoughts are gleaned from others, but a deep reverence permeates the whole, and a glowing love for God and the inspired Word breathes on every page. It is possible in such a small work to touch only the shining peaks of truth, so the commentary is far from complete; but often the hymnist puts into a single stanza a happy comment which, if not so informative, is highly stimulating to the religious imagination. I offer here a few examples taken from the section on the Book of Exodus.

When God told Moses to go unto Pharaoh and demand the release of Israel, Moses pleaded, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent" (Exodus 4:10). Here is a dry comment by Wesley:

How ready is the man to go Whom God hath never sent—

How timorous, diffident and slow His chosen instrument!

On the knotty problem of God hardening Pharaoh's heart Wesley offers this interpretation:

There needed, Lord, no act of Thine, If Pharaoh had a heart like mine:

One moment leave me but alone, And mine alas is turned to stone!


Moses said to the LORD, 'O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.' Exodus 4:10


Though called of God we are reluctant instruments. We know too well our failures and weaknesses. Surely we are mistaken to think He has called us. Praise His name, it is in our weakness that He gives strength and uses us!


Lord, I am no Moses but I feel something of his reluctance. It will indeed be a miracle if You can use me.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 24 - Singing Commentary


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