Skip to comments.Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [June 5, 2012]
Posted on 06/05/2012 4:29:17 AM PDT by Vision
My assurance is to be built upon Gods assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear ” (Hebrews 13:5-6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember Gods words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him. The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking, and they forget the meaning of Gods assurance they forget to take a deep spiritual breath. The only way to remove the fear from our lives is to listen to Gods assurance to us.
What are you fearing? Whatever it may be, you are not a coward about it you are determined to face it, yet you still have a feeling of fear. When it seems that there is nothing and no one to help you, say to yourself, “But The Lord is my helper this very moment, even in my present circumstance.” Are you learning to listen to God before you speak, or are you saying things and then trying to make Gods Word fit what you have said? Take hold of the Fathers assurance, and then say with strong courage, “I will not fear.” It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in our way, because “He Himself has said, I will never leave you . . . . ”
Human frailty is another thing that gets between Gods words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be nonexistent. But remember Gods assurance to us “I will never. . . forsake you.” Have we learned to sing after hearing Gods keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say, “The Lord is my helper,” or are we yielding to fear?
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.
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 troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.
My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.
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