Tozer Devotional

Sun, August 09, 2020

Making God Our First Resort

It is characteristic of human nature to turn to God only after every other avenue of help has been explored and been found useless. This is one of the many evils which sin has visited upon us—the bent to look everywhere for aid but in the right place, and if we do look in the right place, to look there last. No one likes to think that he has been a second choice, but our patient Heavenly Father lies under the shadow of always being at least second, and often third or fifth or tenth choice. For most of us will have to confess that we sought God only after all else had failed. When one friend after another had rejected our pleas, we turned in despair to the God who never rejects anyone who comes to Him in sincerity and faith. The old country woman "lowed" that it was no use to pray in a crisis if you hadn't been in the habit of praying before. "For," said she, "God doesn't hear skeered prayers." There may be a certain logic about her reasoning, but her conclusion is all at variance with the facts and with the gentle ways of God with erring men. For since our fathers fell asleep, the kingdom of heaven has continued to receive "skeered" persons of all ages and conditions who found the world too much for them and who in their grief and despair sought help where help can indeed be found.

Verse

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Psalm 73:23-24

Thought

Why don't we turn to God first? Is it because we are not ready to bend to His will? Do we reason that other entities might be faster with remedies more to our liking? Or have we restricted God to a secondary place in daily living?

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your patience when I act so stupidly, trying every supposed remedy but You. What unfailing love You have shown to me.

“What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.”

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 Next Chapter after the Last Chapter Fourteen - On Going to God First

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