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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.

Psalm 25:4Now, 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.

12 Comments

  1. I will never let my relationship with God be content until I meet him face to face. Cause there is more to his Goodness. Everyday is a new day and like the Lord’s prayer says. Give us this day our daily bread, What Jesus is saying ask and you will receive new provisions every day.
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    • I’ve often said that if we’ve reached the end of God, then that’s not God. He is infinite in every aspect of His nature and character and there is more to know, love, and enjoy in Him! I’m with you, Andrew. Thanks so much!

  2. I think to be known by the world for the gratification of our flesh will leave us hollow regardless of how successful we are. The flesh can’t be satiated.

    Tozer really hit home when he compared the revelation of who we are in Christ to being able to see. I completely agree with his assessment of truly being able to see the world for what it is, is really the manifestation of God in and around us. He was always there, we just couldn’t see it before we sought Him and He removed the scales from our eyes.

    We are almost like instinctual animals until we have the mysteries of the world revealed to us by God in coming to know him like Paul writes about.

    If we see the Truth in and around us, how can we live and fear the world like those who don’t know our Father? We should look and act exceedingly different… A bitter reminder…

    Whose idea was it to read this? … Oh yeah, I forgot. Just kidding, Truth is usually painful! At first…

    • And how great that He is the one who provides the means for the scales to come off our eyes in the first place? Amazing Father! I agree with you--we can’t know Him and His presence in true intimacy and then live in constant fear of the world and circumstances. That’s not simply to say “we shouldn’t” --I truly believe we are incapable if we truly know Him. And yes, truth can be painful, but not grasping His truth is more painful indeed! Thank you, Floyd. :)

  3. I almost used the same quote today. The gulf between the world and who God is, is impassable. But He has bridged the gap and invited us into eternity with Him that we may truly know Him deeply.

    Not for what He has already done or even what is to come… but for who He is.
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    • He delights in giving those good gifts, but that’s not all! To know Him--to truly know Him--that’s the joy of our lives. Thanks Dusty.

  4. I think even Jesus got upset by the “one-hit miracles” he performed. Look at John 4.48
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%204.48&version=MSG
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    • Totally! Thanks Scott.

  5. The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

    I like to think that the song that God sings over me is different from everybody else (mine might be a Klingon opera!) the theme is the same (redemption) but the lyrics composed to win my heart to Him. May I never get tired of hearing that song!
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    • It’s such a beautiful song and I never et tired of hearing it. Thanks so much, Jay.

  6. I’ve “sung” to Dusty twice today. I guess it’s your turn. :o)

    No eye has seen
    No ear has heard
    Neither has it ever entered
    Into the heart of man
    The things that God
    Has prepared
    For those who love Him
    But God has revealed it by His Spirit

    I’m not sure, but I think I’m so tired tonight that I can only think in snippets of old songs. I’m sorry and you’re welcome. :-)
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    • Good song to sing, Sarah! Thank you. :)