A W Tozer wrote the book Pursuit of God.
Chapter 2 is powerful. Good, extensive, look at Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac.
Within the human heart “things” have taken over. Men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne.
Let me exhort you to take this seriously. It is not to be understood as mere Bible teaching to be stored away in the mind along with an inert mass of other doctrine. [page 24 of Pursuit of God]