The thought of losing everything is a hard pill to swallow. If it happened, would we still rejoice and trust in God?
I sit pondering a sentence in Tozer’s The Pursuit of God.
The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.
Tozer, A.W. (2011-04-19). The Pursuit of God with Study Guide (p. 9). WingSpread Publishers. Kindle Edition.
According to my Kindle, it is an often highlighted item. But highlighting, quoting, and repeating it does not carry the impact of knowing it for ourselves.
- Is God truly our treasure?
- Is He the One who holds our heart’s desire?
- Are we more than content with Him?
- Are we filled to overflowing and rejoicing in His arms?
- Is He all we need?
Don’t be too quick to answer. Don’t regurgitate the expected response.
- Think about it.
- Think about your life.
- Think about your desires.
- Think about your treasures – family, things, loved ones, acclaim/notoriety.
If sickness withered our health,
If our earthly desires were taken from us,
If our family and loved ones died or suffered greatly,
If we lost everything, but God,
Would we still rejoice in knowing our treasure, which is God, holds us secure?
…for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.
Tozer, A.W. (2011-04-19). The Pursuit of God with Study Guide (pp. 9-10). WingSpread Publishers. Kindle Edition.
That is not an easy pill for us to swallow, the thought of all the loss, all we have worked so hard to attain, all we hold dear.
All we hold dear.
That is the root of our problem, isn’t it? We hold all these things closer to our hearts than we hold God. We maintain that a God who loves us would not deny us our earthly ‘treasures.’
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:19-21, NIV
All these other things we hold so dear will pass away. It is certain.
God endures forever.
May He be our true treasure. May He be the keeper of our hearts.
Love God, Love People.