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God is here

August 9, 2011

You fought
but you were just too weak
so you lost
all the things you try to keep
now you’re on your knees, you’re on your knees

But wait,
everything can change,
in a moments time you don’t have to be afraid,
cause fear is just a lie
open up your eyes

And he’ll break
open the skies to save
those who cry out his name
the one the wind and waves obey
is strong enough to save you

Look now is not too late
lift up your head
let the rain fall on your face
you’re not far from grace, your not too far from grace

I know the weight of this world can take you down like gravity
I know the current of yourself can take you out, out to sea
but hold on, hold on

I started my day today reading chapter five in Tozer’s The Pursuit of God and I was reminded of this song and how far I’ve come…check that…how far He has brought me. More than that,  how much He has cultivated my response to Him. Back in the spring when I was beyond myself with panic attacks and fears we went to see Tenth Avenue North and Third Day. I had bought the music from Tenth Avenue North, but I hadn’t really listened to it much beyond a couple of songs. About two songs into their portion of the concert they played this song and put up the lyrics and I just about collapsed into tears. I was about a month away from my big trip to Colorado, a month away from a terrific storm that passed through our area and about 3 months into really working through my fears. It was amazing.

Tozer declares that “there is no point at which we can become closer to God – we are exactly as close to Him at one point than another.” The issue is not where He is, but our response to Him. It is us that moves, neglects, does or doesn’t respond. It is us that must be open and receptive. It is us that must respond to “inward longing” that is in us. His Spirit is in us for a reason, it’s not there because God needs us. It’s not there because (as the lead singer of this song declares) because we complete Him.

God is the one who saves. God is the one who completes us. His love is poured out in us. We can all have the same experience as Moses or Paul (or name anyone). We can all climb up the mountain and come away with a radiance beyond all imagining. But it’s not going to happen with our “machine-age methods toward our relations to God.” It’s not a matter of me having all the right answers for people or all the right reminders posted all over my house. It’s a matter of me responding to that tug in my spirit. It’s me “responding to His overtures”.

But it’s an ordinary thing. “it is not a sovereign and irresistible force which comes upon as a seizure from above. It is a gift of God, indeed, but one which must be recognized and cultivated as any other gift if we are the realize the purpose for which it was given.”

May I respond as David:
You’ve said seek my face, my heart says to you, Your face Lord do I seek. (Ps. 27:8)

Where are you finding God in the ordinary today?

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