Have you been to a wine tasting? The concept is simple enough. The vineyard or store allows you to sample a certain wine in hopes you enjoy it so much that you will buy a bottle (or bottles).
I, too, want to follow that same principle and provide a brief sampling of content from the book, “Alive in the Spirit” by A.W. Tozer (compiled and edited by James. L. Snyder) that you are so “wowed” by it that you will want to add this book to your library. I have found this book to be very impacting and thought-provoking.
“Leanness in our souls:
just as in the Old Testament and the nation of Israel, many today believe they are what God wants. They believe, like Israel of old, that nothing bad can happen to them. And so they will continue to go forward as they always have.
One of the most alarming passages in the Old Testament seems appropriate for today. David wrote concerning Israel “They soon forgot His works; they waited not for his counsel; But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” Ps. 106:13-15)
Just because you have what you want does not mean what you have is what God wants you to have. I think the alarming phrase is sent leanness into their soul. Could that describe many evangelical churches across our country today? We have everything we want but there is that leanness in our soul that we cannot, or won’t, deal with.
For the most part, many Christians are satisfied with the status quo and believe that what they have is what God has given them. It is this spirit of satisfaction that is the undoing of the evangelical church of our day. Our forefathers were never spiritually satisfied. They had a hunger for God that was all but insatiable. Their thirst for God drove them forward. They had a divinely inspired discontent that only God could satisfy.”
So, my friend, I ask you (even as I am asking myself these days):
- have you come to a place in your life where you feel like you’ve arrived, where you are enjoying a comfortable life, where you feel like you now deserve to “retire” and take it easy?
- how much are you hungering and thirsting after God’s presence in your life- that where you are at, is not good enough–that you want more in your relationship with Him?”
- Is it time to make some adjustments in your priorities and commitments?