Living Open to the Voice
I would like to share a couple of lengthier quotes from A.W. Tozer and hope you let them sink in,
This universal Voice has ever sounded, and it has often troubled men even when they did not understand the source of their fears. Could it be that this Voice distilling like a living mist upon the hearts of men has been the undiscovered cause of the troubled conscience and the longing for immortality confessed by millions since the dawn of recorded history?
…the poets and artists who created out of common stuff pure and lasting beauty: how can we explain them? It is not enough to say simply, “It was genius.” What then is genius? Could it be that a genius is a man haunted by the speaking Voice, laboring and striving like one possessed to achieve ends which he only vaguely understands?
The voice of God resounds and is evidenced everywhere. Not only is He speaking, but there is a conversation happening constantly. The heavens declare the glory of God. Creation groans for His freedom. Jesus once said that in a moment of overwhelming praise if the people hadn’t joined in with what was necessary and required, the rocks would have cried out.
All this pulls on our hearts and those of us who have responded to the Father, His word, and His voice need to be tuned to the frequency of both His heart and His praise, but often we live oblivious.
What if we learned to listen intently, to listen with our lives?
Interesting that Tozer correlates works of enduring beauty that convey some truth as ultimately being a response to the Voice, even if the person didn’t fully understand. It’s sort of like those rocks crying out, it had to be expressed and God found someone who would pay attention and respond.
Think about the implications of that. Christians have the opportunity to develop their skill in hearing because our Father is a God who speaks wisdom, truth, beauty, and transformation. That can be displayed through music, art, business, preaching, teaching, or any area of society.
Really we should be creating the most amazing versions of well, everything, but since we never learn to distinguish His voice or even deny it’s there, we are too often relegated to creating Christian versions of what we see in the world instead of leading the world.
We settle for maintaining a Christian subculture instead of transforming our culture with the power of truth that comes from listening and proclaiming His voice.
I’m guilty, but may we begin to bold enough to hear His voice in whatever area He’s gifted us and follow. When we do, we’ll be leaders. I’m tired of lagging behind in music, art, business, and everything else. It’s not God’s heart or doing.
To listen or not to listen–that is the question. We make the choice.
What do you think about these quotes and/or my conclusions?
Welcome to week 12 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 to fully digest this book, we’re spending two weeks on each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.