I am certain that all of us need to focus on spiritual growth more and more each day. The times are changing rapidly and radically and spiritual resilience has never been more important that it is now.
We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not.
Every year on July 25, my birthday, Oswald Chambers, in his devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest, hands out an annual dose of a foul-tasting medicine for the spirit. Am I so resistant to this painfully personal message that I need this annual reminder? Probably. Who isn’t?
Whenever we are tempted to insist on our rights, or to insist that we are right, we are likely giving in to fear. We are failing to do and to be love. Love never fails.
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.