Saturday, January 03, 2009

Face Down, Listening

Here's another great quote from A. W. Tozer. What is our posture in relation to the King? Are we face down & listening?

Here's that devotional thought from Tozer:

Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:
"As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations." -Genesis 17:3-4 The Scriptures declare, "Abram fell on his face" as the Lord talked with him (Genesis 17:3).

Abraham was reverent and submissive. Probably there is no better picture anywhere in the Bible of the right place for mankind and the right place for God. God was on His throne speaking, and Abraham was on his face listening!
Where God and man are in relationship, this must be the ideal. God must be the communicator, and man must be in the listening, obeying attitude. If men and women are not willing to assume this listening attitude, there will be no meeting with God in living, personal experience....

Yes, Abraham was lying face down in humility and reverence, overcome with awe in this encounter with God. He knew that he was surrounded by the world's greatest mystery. The presence of this One who fills all things was pressing in upon him, rising above him, defeating him, taking away his natural self-confidence. God was overwhelming him and yet inviting and calling him, pleading with him and promising him a great future as a friend of God!

Taken from Men Who Met God, pp 21-22.

1 comment:

  1. Hi David..thanks for your comment at my blog today. Oh, to get a portion of people's blogs to show on my blogroll, I just click on 'customize'at the top of my blog, then I click on 'edit' on my blog list. And when I set things up the first time, I checked the box which says something like 'show a snippet of blog post.'

    All this will only work if you have the new set-up features from Blogger enabled. (And hopefully this makes sense....) It *is* nice having the snippets showing in my blog roll because it saves me from having to check all the blogs to see if something new has been added. Have a great weekend! Debra