Tozer Devotional

Thu, October 18, 2018

All Things Need God

To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but He has no necessary relation to anything outside of Himself. His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself.

Again, we must reverse the familiar flow of our thoughts and try to understand that which is unique, that which stands alone as being true in this situation and nowhere else. Our common habits of thought allow for the existence of need among created things. Nothing is complete in itself but requires something outside itself in order to exist. All breathing things need air; every organization needs food and water. Take air and water from the earth and all life would perish instantly. It may be stated as an axiom that to stay alive, every created thing needs some other created thing, and all things need God. To God alone nothing is necessary.

The river grows larger by its tributaries, but where is the tributary that can enlarge the One out of whom came everything and to whose infinite fullness all creation owes its being?


     Unfathomable Sea: all life is out of Thee,

     And Thy life is Thy blissful Unity.

          Frederick W. Fabe

Verse

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, / the holy place where the Most High dwells. Psalm 46:4

Thought

Nothing is complete in itself; everything requires something outside of itself for its existence. Only to God is nothing necessary.

Prayer

Father, help us to seek our life only in You.

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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 Knowledge of the Holy Chapter 6 - The Self-sufficiency of God

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