Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sunday Morning Thoughts From Oswald Chambers

Genesis 18:17-19 (New International Version)

17 “Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

Thoughts from Oswald Chambers’ Devotions for Morning and Evening follow for your Sunday edification:

Friendship With God

Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do (Genesis 18:17)

Its Delights. This chapter brings out the delights of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God’s will, and all your commonsense decisions are His will unless He checks. You decide things in perfect friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks stop at once.”

Its Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired in his relationship with God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say – “Well, I don’t know; perhaps this is not God’s will,” there is still another stage to go. We are not so intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as He wants us to be – “
That they may be one even as we are one.” Think of the last thing you prayed about – were you devoted to your desire or to God? “Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before you ask Him.” The point of asking is that you may get to know God better. “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself.”

1 comment:

Jim Baxter said...

As we continue our walk in the world, it is critically important that we maintain a steady diet of reading God's Word.

Many who claim to be followers of the Lord, seldom - if ever - read their Bible or even consider it worthy of their time. "Old-fashion?" Out of date. Antique. Small wonder their daily life is characterized by 'smallness' and boredom. If they read His Word they would recognize the times in which we live. "You want adventure? HA! It is coming... It has already begun.

The Bible advertises for this generation:
Spiritual Warriors Needed!!!

[All others surrender.]

semper fidelis
Joel 3:14