Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [November 5, 2005]
Posted on 11/04/2005 11:43:25 PM PST by betty boop
If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, "Oh, I cant deal with that person." Why cant you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem; but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way.
The sufferings of Christ were not those of ordinary people. He suffered "according to the will of God" ( 1 Peter 4:19 ), having a different point of view of suffering from ours. It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in His dealings with us. When it comes to suffering, it is part of our Christian culture to want to know Gods purpose beforehand. In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out Gods orders through a shortcut of their own. Gods way is always the way of suffering the way of the "long road home."
Are we partakers of Christs sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud. We never realize at the time what God is putting us through we go through it more or less without understanding. Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize "God has strengthened me and I didnt even know it!"
In 1910 Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen, who still resides in London (as of 1992).
In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to Australian and New Zealand troops as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
My Utmost for His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and in this, the last decade of the century, remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic. [from the flyleaf of the book]
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Yes, by grace, that I may know Him and the Power of His Resurrection, being conformed to His Likeness in death and so in new life.
Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions?
Yes. It is a stomping, but it is done in great Love and Compassion. God is Good.
Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them?
Yes, and I rejoice to see my Precious Redeemer at His Work, taking my uglinesses and making them into His Beauty; taking my desires and making them His Will.
It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud.
The Way is very humbling. This is a great grace.
We never realize at the time what God is putting us through we go through it more or less without understanding.
I've gone through this Way without understanding the why, to be sure! But He has so tenderly brought me to understand the Who. When I finally looked past my troubles to the One Who Walks With Me through them, all was well with my soul.
Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize "God has strengthened me and I didnt even know it!"
Yes, the only "looking back" the child of God is encouraged to do! We have testimony because of His Great Grace in bringing us through the fire unsinged, without even the hint of the smell of smoke in our garments of praise.
Awesome, praiseworthy, powerful God in Christ Jesus my Lord and King, my Life and my Portion, amen.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
William Orcutt Cushing
GRACE TO YOU!
"For my strength is made perfect in weakness."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and
for doing God's work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own
weakness. When God's warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own
might, when he boasts, "I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and
my conquering sword shall get unto me the victory," defeat is not far
distant. God will not go forth with that man who marches in his own
strength. He who reckoneth on victory thus has reckoned wrongly, for "it
is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts."
They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with
their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with
disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his
strength, or he will never accept their service. That which man doth,
unaided by divine strength, God can never own. The mere fruits of the
earth he casteth away; he will only reap that corn, the seed of which was
sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love.
God will empty out all that thou hast before he will put his own into
thee; he will first clean out thy granaries before he will fill them with
the finest of the wheat. The river of God is full of water; but not one
drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in
his battles but the strength which he himself imparts.
Are you mourning over your own weakness? Take courage, for there must be
a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give thee victory.
Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your
casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.
"When I am weak then am I strong,
Grace is my shield and Christ my song."
SOLI DEO GLORIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Thank you for your magnificent witness and testimony!
"When I am weak then am I strong, Grace is my shield and Christ my song."
Amen! Grace to you, dear alpha-8-25-02. May the Lord ever bless you in all things!
"You say, "Oh, I cant deal with that person." Why cant you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem;
but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way."
.30carbine, your posts and expository comments are a true blessing daily. The lyrics to beautiful hymns are appreciated. O' that I might apprehend them.
Thank you so much for sharing it here, with me, and with all of us who come.
Thank you for posting this devotional for us today. You are a blessing to me.
Your words encourage my heart. Thank you. I feel the need to share with you that the last couple of days have been difficult for me. On the way home from the grocery store this afternoon - on the interstate - I asked Jesus to please kiss me, please hold me. It was a desperate cry. Immediately a warmth entered my very heart and spead throughout my chest, a real, physical warmth. I was immeasurably comforted and given a great sense of pure love. At first I was disturbed, thinking, "How do I thank Jesus for being my Lover? Is this rational? Is this Good?" And then I remembered the Song of Solomon, and the lines that go something like this, "O, if you were my brother! Then I could kiss you!"
I have never before experienced Jesus so much like a brother as I did this day, and it arose out of great suffering and desperate need.
I thank God for my neediness! I weep for those who don't know how needy they are, and for those who, though they know they are needy, seek fulfillment from another source.
Thank You, Jesus, Brother and Friend. You are as close as my cry. How awesome You are. How loving and true and pure and good and compassionate. Thank You for living and dying for me. Thank You that being King of Kings and Lord of Lords You still keep Your watchful eye upon me, Your ear attentive to my call for help, and You RUN to me. How incredibly blessed I am to know You, Lord. I look forward with great joy to the day when this person has a body fit to prasie Thee as is Thy due and great reward. Hallelujah, Christ my King and Jesus my Brother, the Elder and Rampart-Watcher. Thank You.
You write inspiring posts.
"Draw near to god and God will draw near to you" James 4:8
How wonderful are the assurances of God.
"I will never leave you or abandon you, Hebrews 13:5c
"... ; and, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matthew 28:29b
"My desire is to love the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength." paraphrase of Mark 12:30
If I focus on that ... all the rest will take care of itself.
The LORD is my refuge, He is my shelter, He is my high tower, He is my fortress. In Him will I trust.
Its not about me. It is about Him and what He wants.
One of the hardest things for me to do is to get out of my own way.