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Are we too comfortable here?

By Mack | July 6, 2008

Are we too comfortable?  Are we too entertained?

If you have read much on my site, you know how fond I am of AW Tozer.  Maybe it is just a stage my life is in, but that man seems to me to be one of the wisest men I have ever read or listened to.

Below is a quote from a daily devotion of Tozer and it is wrapped up with deep truths and solemn thinking that is scarce today.

The answer is that we are too comfortable, too rich, too contented. We hold the faith of our fathers, but it does not hold us. We are suffering from judicial blindness visited upon us because of our sins. To us has been committed the most precious of all treasures, but we are not committed to it. We insist upon making our religion a form of amusement and will have fun whether or not. We are afflicted with religious myopia and see only things near at hand.

God has set eternity in our hearts and we have chosen time instead.

He is trying to interest us in a glorious tomorrow and we are settling for an inglorious today. We are bogged down in local interests and have lost sight of eternal purposes. We improvise and muddle along, hoping for heaven at last but showing no eagerness to get there, correct in doctrine but weary of prayer and bored with God.” —- written in 1962 or thereabout.

A fellow Christian at my church was once talking about a book he was reading (this was years ago) and he was telling a group of us that it seemed to him the more he read and studied about God, the more he wanted to just go to heaven, right now.  I knew when I heard that , it should be true for all of us Christians, and I also know when I heard it,  it was not true for me.  I wanted to stay here on earth, in time, in my physical body, and have some more “life”….

Wow, how wrong that is.  Well, I am learning to “want” to go to heaven, right now.  Sometimes I actually feel that way, very few times, and they don’t last that long, but that is how we all should be. Does that sound strange to you?  It probably should.  We are basically taught from birth to preserve this life.  And if we were not taught it, we have a deep subconscious desire to “live”.

Do you really believe?  If we really believe that this temporary housing we call a body and this temporary environment of time, is really temporary and nothing compared to our real life which is to come, why wouldn’t we all long for that eternal life to start now.

I did learn that I can feel that way, and I am hopeful that as I get older, if God chooses that I do get older, I will more and more long to be in that new land.

This old hymn written by Edgar P. Stites says it pretty well.  As Stites wrote the song he said, “It was in 1876 that I wrote ‘Beulah Land.’ I could write only two verses and the chorus, when I was overcome and fell on my face. That was one Sunday. On the following  Sunday I wrote the third and fourth verses, and again I was so influenced by emotion that I could only pray and weep.”

You can listen to it on YouTube here.

Beulah Land

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won’t matter anymore.

Chorus:
Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
and some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

2 comments | Add One

  1. wally - 07/7/2008 at 5:51 pm

    great post, every once in a while I have one of those moments in which I remember that this is all temporary…in those moments I’m almost embarrassed by the things I find important.

  2. admin - 07/7/2008 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Wally. You will soon have some more competition for your love. It’s an exciting time you and Mandi.

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