Sunday, April 03, 2005

Sunday Morning Thoughts From Oswald Chambers

Exodus 3:1-4 (King James Version)

Exodus 3

1 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.
2And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

My wife, Nancy, has started a blog bylined Plains Truth Journal. I’m sure that I’m biased, but I believe she has a real writer’s “voice.” When you get a chance stop by and check out her work. The link to her blog is in the introductory sentence.

In yesterday’s edition she penned some thoughts about introspection and how our noble, lofty thoughts about greatness sometimes get in the way of the really important things in life.

This morning’s devotional thoughts from Oswald Chambers are in much the same vein. His theme is readiness and how all too often being prepared to do great things gets in the way of doing anything at all. The complete devotion follows for your Sunday edification:


“God called unto him…and he said, Here am I. (Ex 3:4)”

“When God speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses’ reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to God and knowledge of where we are at present. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. The man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who carries off the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry – “Here am I.” Whenever Jesus Christ is in the ascendant, we are there, but we are not ready for an obscure duty.”

“Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do, whatever God’s programme may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God’s voice as Our Lord heard His Father’s voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. “
That they may be one, even as We are one.”

“Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God.”

Have a great Sunday!

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