God is No One Hit Wonder
Musicians can often get pigeonholed, and it makes them pretty angry sometimes. They write a hit song or two and suddenly, that’s all they are known for. Many creative people come to despise the very thing that brought them notoriety and possibly fortune.
I literally heard an interview with a band who said they would have never written their most popular song if they had known it’s all anyone would care about.
You can understand the frustration. A song or even three of four doesn’t encompass the whole creativity or nature of an artist. They would like people to look deeper, past the catchy tune that put them on everyone’s radar.
Tozer talks about something similar to this in the Pursuit of God,
The truth is that while God dwells in His world He is separated from it by a gulf forever impassable. However closely He may be identified with the work of His hands they are and must eternally be other than He…
He may be known by His ‘hits’ but that’s not all there is to Him and He draws us into to know the deeper reality and experience of His presence.
Psalm 103:7-8 says,
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
Moses knew the ways of God. He pressed deeper into the truth and character of the Living God. Israel was content with the acts God did for them, but that’s not all God intended for them to know. This is just what they chose.
We can look at the beauty of creation, how He rains on the righteous and unrighteous, how He preserves and protects in thousands of unseen ways every day. He gives these gifts because He loves us and He doesn’t even begrudge us for enjoying them (whether we pursue Him or not).
Even still, He longs for the restoration of relationship that each of us was created for. He longs for us to still enjoy the hits, but to dig into His back catalog, to maybe become so overwhelmed with His genius that you buy a van and follow Him around wherever He goes.
Now, even those who follow bands around rarely get to know the real people behind the music, but that’s what our Father offers us. He even wants us as collaborators on His projects (okay, I think I’ve carried this analogy far enough).
I don’t simply want to be content in what His acts reveal, as wonderful as they are. I want to know the reality of who He is, to experience His ways.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you find yourself content with the previous/current acts or do you press into knowing His ways?
Welcome to week 9 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it and we are taking two weeks for each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.