Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chambers: drastic obedience

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
    [Jesus:] “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”
    —John 9:4 (ESV)
    All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God’s truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it... Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit when... five minutes of drastic obedience would make things clear as a sunbeam. [We say,] “I suppose I shall understand these things some day.” You can understand them now: it is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens up and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already. Beware of being “wise and prudent.”
    ... Oswald Chambers (1874-1917), My Utmost for His Highest, Leicester: F.A. Thorpe, 1927, p. 284 (see the book)
    See also John 9:4; Matt. 7:21-25; 11:25; 12:50; Luke 11:28; John 13:17; Acts 6:7; Jas. 1:22; 1 John 2:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I confess to wasting time on meaningless activities and hesitation. Grant me Your grace to focus my energies on following Your word and to let the rest go.
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