Tozer Devotional

Thu, March 14, 2019

Deceptive Hope

It was to save Jacob from deceptive hope that God confronted him that night on the bank of the river. To save him from self-trust it was necessary for God to conquer him, to wrest control away from him, to take His great power and rule with a rod of love. Charles Wesley, the sweet singer of England, with a spiritual penetration rare even among advanced Christians, wrote from the mouth of Jacob what he conceived to be his prayer as he wrestled with God at the ford of Jabbok:


My strength is gone, my nature dies;

I sink beneath Thy weighty hand;

Faint to revive, and fall to rise:

I fall, and yet by faith I stand.

I stand, and will not let Thee go,

Till I Thy Name, Thy Nature know.


Lame as I am, I take the prey;

Hell, earth, and sin, with ease o'ercome;

I leap for joy, pursue my way,

And as a bounding hart fly home,

Through all eternity to prove,

Thy Nature and Thy Name is love.

Verse

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. Genesis 32:24

Thought

To save Jacob from self-trust it was necessary for God to conquer him, to wrest control away from him, to take His great power and rule with a rod of love.

Prayer

We have no strength, Lord, and we sink beneath Your weighty hand. Lift us up and work in us through our defeat.

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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 Divine Conquest Chapter 4 - Victory through Defeat

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