Friday, January 18, 2008
Great Devotional by the late Oswald Chambers
The following is a wonderful and very convicting devotional written by the late Oswald Chambers, in his great devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest.
"Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?"
When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so cofident in Him that in any criss they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. We get to our wits' end, showing that we have not the slightest confidence in Him and His government of the world; He seems to be asleep, and we see nothing but breakers ahead.
"O ye of little faith!" What a pang must have shot through the disciples-'Missed it again!' And what a pang will go through us when we suddenly realize that we might have produced downright joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, no matter what was ahead.
There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him.
We've been talking a great deal about sanctification-what is it all going to amount to? It should work out rest in God which means oneness with God, a oneness which will make us not only blameless in His sight, but a deep joy to Him.