Pursuing Our Pursuer

In The Pursuit of God, A.W. Tozer reminds us, “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit…and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming”. By the sixteenth verse of the gospel of Mark he has already begun describing the call of the disciples. Like them, we follow only because he puts that desire in us. We believe only because he gives us faith. We obey only because he gives us the will. An emphasis must exist on our lack of native ability to discern his worthiness. However this doesn’t turn followers into robots. All true followers make a rational decision. By some divine mystery, the will is intact, desires are real, and disobedience is punishable. The details of this apparent contradiction cannot be reconciled by elevating the will of man over the sovereignty of God, or by deducting the accountability of man in favor of fatalism. In the end, the best way to look at this is to thank God for his mercy, and pursue God for his favor.

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