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Faith

31 Oct

“Your earlier life of faith was narrow and intense, settled around a little sun-spot of experience that had as much of sense of faith in it, full of light and sweetness; then God withdrew His conscious blessings in order to teach you to walk by faith. You are worth far more to Him now than you were in your days of delight and thrilling testimony. Faith by its very nature must be tried, and the real trial of faith is not that we find it difficult to trust God, but that God’s character has to be cleared in our own minds. Faith in its actual working out has to go through spells of unsylabled isolation.” (Oswald Chambers, October 31st)

Encouragement for those finding themselves in spells of unsylabled isolation. Encouragement for me.

 

Day 8 – when God speaks

30 Aug

Do you ever have those moments when God’s voice is just so wonderfully clear? I had one of those this morning that came with a precursor last evening before bed.

I often struggle with wondering if I’m doing God’s will for my life. Or if I’m making a difference in anyone else’s. It’s been an exhausting battle at times, but I’ve made a lot of strides in this area of my life as of late. Even so, those times of doubt and insecurity show themselves from time to time. One of those times being last evening. I can’t place my finger on why, but the feeling of ‘what am I doing with life? Am I really glorifying God in what I’m doing?’ unexpectedly crept in and set into my soul, pulling at my heart like a bad hangnail.

But this morning during my devotional, God spoke to me. I’ve been doing the Oswald Chambers devotional book, ‘My Utmost for His Highest.’ Oswald Chambers is the man. The insights and analogies he has come up with, blow my mind. Sometimes I have to re-read one of his entries four or five times before I scratch the surface of understanding what he’s getting at. I love it. It’s challenging and thought provoking. However, this morning’s devotional was quite straightforward to me. In writing about serving God, Chambers offers this: “Keep your relationship right with Him [Christ], then whatever circumstances you are in, and whoever you meet day by day, He is pouring rivers of living water through you, and it is His mercy that He does not let you know it.”

I read this and literally felt the burden being lifted off my heart like when helium filled balloons are released from those fancy little weights that hold them down. It’s really that simple. I so often want to complicate it. I think if it (it being serving Christ) doesn’t present itself in the ideal package of what our North American society has made Christian service out to be (sorry to come across somewhat cynical), then I must not be serving God. But that’s just not the case. By making the choice to follow Christ before all, then we immediately open ourselves up to Christ and the infinite possibilities of Him revealing His glory.

And it also makes perfect sense that generally, He wouldn’t let us know the works that are being completed through us. Why? Well I think if we know the glory that God is achieving through us, we run the risk of starting to think it’s more about us than it is about God, completing defeating the purpose in the first place. I know there is a good possibility that this would be the case for me. Could this get discouraging? Absolutely. But if we trust in Christ and have faith that He will follow through on His promises, then we can find hope and encouragement in the valleys.