Reduction The Way to
“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers
were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and
thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with
the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised
the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for
ever; then the house was filled with a cloud even the house
of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister
by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled
the house of God’ (2 Chronicles 5:13, 14).
The last three decades have seen the life of men changed
on this earth more radically than at any other time in history.
Unprecedented discovery in all fields of research strain the
limits of human imagination. Man’s achievements loom
on all horizons. Yet today, with greater urgency than ever
before, the Lord is calling for a reduction in His people.
He is calling unto Himself those who value His deepest fellowship
enough to turn away from all else and yield themselves to
Him with a singleness of heart and purpose.
Throughout scripture, the Lord’s ongoing complaint
is that they do always err in their heart; and they have not
known my ways” (Hebrews 3:10). In Job 22:21, we are
admonished to “acquaint now thyself with him.”
Jesus says in John 17:3, “This is life eternal, that
they might know thee the only true God.” And in Jeremiah
24:7 comes the Lord’s promise that “I will give
them a heart to know me.”
It has been in the heart of the Lord from the beginning that
man might know and understand Him personally and intimately;
that there might be a full fellowship and communion between
God and His people. Such fellowship and communion is extremely
expensive. Notice Jesus’ words concerning the corn of
wheat. It had to fall into the ground and die before it could
be resurrected and bear much fruit. Such separation unto God
will require a total death to the natural order of things.
David summed up the correct posture of the heart seeking after
God in Psalm 27:4: “One thing have I desired of the
Lord, that will I seek after.” He had been reduced through
the dealings of God to a singleness of purpose. Driven from
his place of normal habitation to the wilderness, and far
from the House of God, in peril of his life and in a dark
place of despair, he cried out, “One thing have I desire.”
The only thing that mattered to him was “that I may
dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to
behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
Nothing else mattered. He desired God and only God’s
presence could satisfy his heart’s deepest longing.
Today the challenge is before us. May we yield to Him that
which is His, letting go of all that is less, thus releasing
ourselves to live with Him and discover the wondrous joy of
walking in the Spirit, in fellowship and communion with the
One whose Glory would fill even our house.