May 26: Pray without ceasing. (I Thess. 5:17) – Jesus never mentioned unanswered prayer. He had the boundless certainty that prayer is always answered.
Jesus reversed the order by telling us to get the right relationship with God first, maintaining it as the primary concern of our lives, and never to place our concern on taking care of the other things of life.
According to Chambers, what sustains us in our lives, not matter the circumstances that confront us? The answer? Knowing God as Holy Love.
How long can you wait? For the love of God to be revealed in circumstances? For the fulfillment of your longings; the success of your efforts; your well-being and the happiness and wholeness of those you love?
See that you make your decisions in the light of the high hour… Take yourself by the scruff of the neck and shake off your incarnate laziness. – Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers and I are echoing the oft sounded message of Jesus that we can “be” the light, be the salt, be the love that an “unloved other” needs to be redeemed.
What are we to do about the common and very human experience of despair? Often, despair befalls us when we have made a serious mistake. Despair also assails us through circumstances over which we have no control. Being, so many of us, perfectionists and control-freaks, we become paralyzed.
For 25 years I read Oswald Chambers devotional insights and wrote hundreds of notes in the margins. This week I was surprised to find two pages with no markings whatsoever; even though Chambers focuses for two days in a row on one of spirituality’s most important themes and one of humanity’s greatest needs. What is that need?
I am quite certain that the primary cause of discouragement in my life is wanting God to act on my behalf, NOW. I want the answer now. I want the inspiration now …
Chambers uses the word “Reality” in the same sense as theologian Paul Tillich uses the phrase, “Ultimate Reality.” God is Reality itself. God is what is most real. God’s primary concern is “Reality,” meaning everything. “For God so loved the world…”