Making God Our First Resort

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Psalm 73:23-24

It is characteristic of human nature to turn to God only after every other avenue of help has been explored and been found useless. This is one of the many evils which sin has visited upon us–the bent to look everywhere for aid but in the right place, and if we do look in the right place, to look there last. No one likes to think that he has been a second choice, but our patient Heavenly Father lies under the shadow of always being at least second, and often third or fifth or tenth choice. For most of us will have to confess that we sought God only after all else had failed. When one friend after another had rejected our pleas, we turned in despair to the God who never rejects anyone who comes to Him in sincerity and faith.

The old country woman “‘lowed” that it was no use to pray in a crisis if you hadn’t been in the habit of praying before. “For,” said she, “God doesn’t hear skeered prayers.” There may be a certain logic about her reasoning, but her conclusion is all at variance with the facts and with the gentle ways of God with erring men. For since our fathers fell asleep, the kingdom of heaven has continued to receive skeered persons of all ages and conditions who found the world too much for them and who in their grief and despair sought help where help can indeed be found.

by A.W. Tozer

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