Why We Fill Our Lives with Trivialities

A.W. Tozer on Experiencing the Presence of God:

The great passion in the heart of every human being is to experience the awesome majesty of God’s presence. The highest accomplishment of humanity is entering the overwhelming presence of God. Nothing else can satiate this burning thirst.

The average person, unable to understand this passion for intimacy with God, fills his life with things, hoping somehow to satisfy his inward longing. He chases that which is exterior, hoping to satisfy that inner thirst, but to no avail.

St. Augustine captured the essence of this desire in his CONFESSIONS: “Thou hast created us for Thyself and we are restless until we rest fully in Thee.” This explains the spirit of restlessness pervading every generation and every culture- always striving but never coming to the knowledge of the truth of God’s presence.