Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 22, 2007]
Posted on 01/22/2007 3:10:15 AM PST by .30Carbine
Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ." The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. "Look to Me . . . ."
Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, "Look to Me and you are saved," not "You will be saved someday." We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ." Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.
Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. "Look to Me . . . ." Salvation is yours the moment you look.
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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Reading Chambers' devotion, it seems even more fitting.
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.
Thanks for sharing, Carbine. Both the devotion and song are a beautiful reminder to look to Jesus always.
May you have an extra blessed day!
When God SEEMS far away...
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8,9
"He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he." Deuteronomy 32:4
What Daily Hymnbook?
Thanks as always.
Anyhow, I find myself looking in the good times, but still need to find a place to worship that I feel comfortable with (besides in my own home...)
If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you dont like, its not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
-Augustine of Hippo
This is another way to kinda sum it up, eh?
Prayers offered up for all those traveling back from the March for Life in Washington DC.
Thank you for this Lovely Blessing!
Great is Jehovah! Greatly Praise Him! (Ps.145:2)
I join in your prayer!
Please accept my apology: I've run out of time to reply on the thread!
(I felt very badly about not planning my morning better!)
I myself was astounded at my stupidity! (:
I remembered as I posted it that you have been posting on the prayer thread some of the most heartfelt, worshipful hymns ever, written by this dear man. I've prayed through and worshiped by and thanked God for every one!
You are so gifted and filled with loving goodness from Jesus - you've remembered to pray for these travelers every year as I recall. Thank you.
...and amen! there is much to lead to praise on this thread!
Me too about my own..
[S]ome mistakenly think that God needs to hear our praises - as if He were some earthly king who needs the kind words of His subjects. This is not so. God's name is hallowed, and it is we who need to be reminded. For God is not made holy by us, or by our words - we are made holy in Him.
Sadly, "Tertullian became a critic of grace," and an author of "Montanism forc[ing] rigid rules on naive converts." Those comments from the bio. directly spoke to some recent conversations I've eavesdropped on here at FR. As Chambers says so well in this devotion:
Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation it is not simple enough.
May God our Every-Provider lead you to just the right place of fellowship, teaching, worship, togetherness that will fit perfectly with your needs and desires, just the way He made thee, and as only He knows. Amen in Jesus!
Amen, and thank you very much for those good words from Scripture, Vision!
Perfect! I love that! Thank you!
I'm so glad we see it the same way! May it be so for us and all who come here always, that we ever only always look to and see Jesus fully, joyfully, simply!
And I thank you for your faithfulness and love in posting these devotions and more importantly in encouraging the sharing of testimonies and worship which follow.
Thank you, A-G. Laurels for Jesus.