Tag: Force

Occupied With Praise

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

They rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty. Revelation 4:8

It is surely an erroneous supposition for humans to think or to believe that death will transform our attitude and dispositions. This is what I mean: if in this life we are not really comfortable talking and singing about heaven and its joy, I doubt that death will transform us into enthusiasts! If the worship and adoration of God are tedious now, they will be tedious also after the hour of death. I do not know that God is going to force any of us into His heaven. I doubt that He will say to any of us, “You were never very interested in worshiping Me while you were on earth, but in heaven I am going to make that your greatest interest and your ceaseless occupation.” Controversial? Perhaps, but in the heavenly scene John describes, the living creatures crying “Holy, holy, holy!” rest neither day nor night. My fear is that too many of God’s professing people down here are resting far too often between their efforts to praise and glorify the living God!

by A.W. Tozer

The Guest Who Would Go On

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

He made as though he would have gone further. Luke 24:28

Our Lord did not force Himself upon the Emmaus disciples. He would have passed on, but He longed to manifest Himself to them and must have been delighted when they constrained Him to tarry.

Have we not sometimes, in the company of one beloved, moved as though we would be going but inwardly hoped we would be asked to remain?

Jesus is passing by. He is a gentleman. He will not abide with us uninvited. If we are to know Him better we must constrain Him. The deeper things of God pass on if we do not lay hold on them. Jesus always makes as though He would go further.