This post is something a little new for me. I recently joined a bloggers book study for the book “The Furious Longing of God” by Brennan Manning. This is something of a stretch for me, because I”m not much of a “reader”. I don”t really ever take the time to sit down to enjoy a book. But for some reason, I felt compelled to move beyond my comfort zone to join in here.   I couldn”t have picked a better opportunity to do so. Diving into it I found this to be quite easy and relatable to read. In fact I couldn”t put it down after making it to the end of chapter one for this weeks discussion. I ended up reading the book in its entirety the first day. I”ll refrain from doing a full write up of the book and stick to this weeks discussion of chapter one.


I appreciated the foundation that Manning laid out in chapter one of the inspiration that led to this book”s writing. Like many, I rarely turn to the book of Song of Solomon. I”m not embarrassed to read it, but I don”t go there when in need of a inspirational verse. I am familiar with and thankful for the truth that lays within the book of how God loves and pursues us. Manning points out how praying a simple verse can shift the way we think about ourselves and our situation. A shift that moves is for seeing status among men as unimportant when compared to our status before God. Manning lists bullet points of these types of changes. The one that stood out to me was the following:

“You will stop comparing yourself with others. In the same way, you will not trumpet your own importance, boast about your victories in the vineyard, or feel superior to anyone.”

I appreciated that he didn”t stop at comparing yourself to others in regards to lack, but he moved on to also tackle self-righteous thinking. I know for me I can be caught up with one or the other at any given moment. Both of these can overtake and distract us from the truth that it doesn”t matter who we are in relation to how others see us; what matters is how we are viewed by our loving Father. When we realize that, we will come to another of his points.

“Off and on throughout the day, you will just know that you are being seen by Jesus with a gaze of infinite tenderness.”

It is with these thoughts that we know and understand the contents of the Song of Solomon, and the endless pursuit that takes place there in. “I am my beloved”s,  And his desire is for me. (Song of Solomon 7:10)

10 Responses to “Genesis”

  1. Thomas Mason says:

    When we realize we’re being pursued by a loving and fierce God, it makes how we view ourselves and how others view us as non-important and trivial.
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  2. I think I’ve said it on just about everyone’s post, but it’s so overwhelming to know this love. It would incredible enough to learn about it in a classroom, to hear of all He’s done throughout the ages because of His love. It’s another thing entirely to experience that furious longing of God for ourselves and that’s exactly what He offers. Thanks Philip. It may be out of your comfort zone, but you did great. 🙂
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  3. Glynn says:

    I think of “furious” and I think of wild and unconditional, like a todal wave of love falling down on top of me.

    Good post, Phil – looking forward to this reading journey we’re all on.
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  4. Sarah Salter says:

    Well, I’m a VORACIOUS reader! But when it comes to fiction, not so much. I try to read all kinds of highly spiritual books. But even the ones that people just rave about lose my attention fairly quickly without a story line. This one didn’t. Not at all. (This is my second time through this book.) I also had trouble putting it down. Maybe it’s just that I need to hear that I’m loved. I’m not sure. But I loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading it and loving it all over again.

    Thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone and joining us!
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    • philip says:

      It takes all kinds Sarah. 🙂 Thanks for letting me be a part, I’m looking forward to seeing other points of view on this book.

  5. Frank says:

    Funny what jumps out from the page depending on where we’re at in life. The bullet-point you picked resonates with me as well, but since I’ve been struggling in my prayer life the other jumped at me. But boy do I struggle comparing myself to others. I love what was in our last book by Tozer. Defining the meek he says (paraphrasing off the top of my head): “He recognizes that the world will never see him as God does, and he no longer cares.”

    Anyway, looking forward to more discussion. And don’t spoil the end for me 🙂
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    • philip says:

      Thanks Frank, I didn’t get in on the Tozer book; but I might have to pick it up now. I’ll make sure that I stay to the current chapter. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!