Excerpted and abridged from A.W. Tozer’s Attributes of God. What makes you happy? What sparks the fire inside and brings you a light heart? Is it your career? A new set of clothes? That you’ve married well? What is it that brings you joy?

That’s our problem! Cognitively we know that God is so vast that in comparison everything is just the size of a small seed. And yet we’re not content because we’ve got our minds set on the little seed! We gather things, increase things, beautify things, and put our confidence in the little things and God. We have our job and God; we have our husband and God; we have our strong body and God; we have our home and God. We have our ambition for the future and God, and so we put God as a plus sign after something else.

Stuff keeps piling but we’re still worried and unsatisfied. Why? Because all that is beneath God will not satisfy us. God made you in His image and you’re stuck with it! God did not make the chimpanzee in His image. He did not make the horse, the symphony in motion, in His image. God did not make that beautiful bird which sings in His image. God made him beautiful, but He didn’t make him in His image.

God made only you in His image and you’re stuck with it. You’re made in the image of God and nothing short of God will satisfy you. And even if you happen to be one of those “nickel in the slot, get saved, escape hell and take heaven” Christians (that poor little kindergarten view of heaven), remember one thing – even you will find over the years that you are not content with “things plus God.” You’ll have to have God minus all things.


Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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