The Loneliness of the Christianby A. W. Tozer The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart. It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.
Great post Corey.I think it comes from[url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=16785&forum=34&5]The Saint Must Walk Alone[/url]
Brother Corey, I hear trumpets - do you ?I guess we are living in "those days".Bless you!
Actually, the first time I read this was from Keith Green's Newsletter book he'd send out when he was still alive. He had articles from Winky Pratney and David Wilkerson and Ravenhill in it and a lot of great stuff.They were mailed and a good size and very nicely done in color and all. I still have one that I know of ... my husband may have the rest.Does anyone else have any of them ??? The second time I read it was on the Internet when I first came on and thought that was a coincidence. That was in '02 on ....http://www.crossroad.to/index.htmlI don't tire of hearing it, at least once a week. Yeah!
Sort of made me sad... as I share much in Tozer's sentiment here.
... my husband may have the rest.
There's a friend that sticks CLOSER than a brother.Bless you dear 'friend'.See you when HE comes ~ Our Mutual Love ~ Who is our First Friend & Brother ~ Our tie that binds ~ Jesus, Master, LORD & GOD. There is no marriage in Heaven, only to HIM.He loves us dearly brother/friend.Thank you for your post by Tozer. His "little flock" needs it and all the more as that day approaches. Bless you!
Amen.And there are sisters that stick closer than a wife. Hehe.Amen and amen!