That Yearning Towards God#
Nicephorus (758-829 AD), a father of the Eastern Church, in a treatise on the Spirit-filled life, began with a call to us that sounds strange because we have been so long accustomed to following Jesus afar off, and to living among a people that follow Him afar off.
You, who desire to capture the wondrous divine illumination of our savior Jesus Christ - who seek to feel the divine fire in your heart - who strive to sense and experience the feeling of reconciliation with God - who, in order to unearth the treasure buried within the field of your heart and to gain the possession of it, have renounced everything worldly - who desire the candles of our souls to burn brightly even now, and who for this purpose have renounced all the world - who wish by conscious experience to know and to receive the kingdom of heaven existing within you - come and I will impart to you the science of eternal heavenly life...#
Penetrating every generation of man has been that universal yearning towards God. Some flee it, some feed it from lies, while those far wiser satisfy it with drawing ever closer His flame, and abiding with He who is The Truth.
God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:11b)
There is no spiritual terminal for the thirsts of the soul, for a man's soul is as eternal as God is endless.
Today's Soul Snippet:
'Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience withdraws from grace.' ~ Thomas a Kempis
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#A.W. Tozer, Keys to the Deeper Life (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988), page 34