Gone to God?

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This second brief post on the theme of worry comes from Oswald Chambers…

 

“Notion your mind with the idea that God is there. If once the mind is notioned along that line, then when you are in difficulties it is as easy as breathing to remember – Why, my Father knows all about it!

“It is not an effort, it comes naturally when perplexities press. Before, you used to go to this person and that, but now the notion of the Divine control is forming so powerfully in you that you go to God about it.

“Jesus is laying down the rules of conduct for those who have His Spirit, and it works on this principle – God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, why should I worry?

“There are times, says Jesus, when God cannot lift the darkness from you, but trust Him.
God will appear like an unkind friend, but He is not;
He will appear like an unnatural Father, but He is not;
He will appear like an unjust judge, but He is not.

“Keep the notion of the mind of God behind all things strong and growing. Nothing happens in any particular unless God’s will is behind it, therefore you can rest in perfect confidence in Him.”

From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

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Jesus, and the frosty sunrise?

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Alright, yes, I am a worrier; a Christian who worries; but, honestly, at least that worries me too.   I was surprised that anyone might think there could be genuine merit in worrying, and even choose to make worry a part of their approach to life on a daily basis. C.S.Lewis, when he was met by the living Jesus, was surprised by the genuine joy that Jesus brought into his life; a joy that remained, even in sorrow. No wonder Lewis encouraged others also to forsake worry for joy, even in the worst of times. This first of three brief posts on the theme of worry comes from C.S.Lewis…

 

C S Lewis wrote… “A great many people (not you) do now seem to think that the mere state of being worried is in itself meritorious. I don’t think it is. We must, if it so happens, give our lives for others: but even while we’re doing it, I think we’re meant to enjoy Our Lord and, in Him, our friends, our food, our sleep, our jokes, and the birds’ song and the frosty sunrise.”

From The Collected Letters of C.S.Lewis, Volume II

Natural Guidance?

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“I being in the way, the Lord led me…”  Genesis 24:27 KJV

As children (perhaps still) when confronted with a difficult task, like tying our own shoe laces or learning to ride a bicycle, we probably waver between refusing every offer of help, insisting, ‘I Can Do It My Self!’, or demanding, with a pout, ‘Why Won’t You Help Me!’ Could we ever have imagined a time when tying our shoes, or riding our bike, without the training wheels, with barely a thought for either, would be just two of our great talents? This final brief post on the theme of guidance comes from  Oswald Chambers…

Oswald Chambers wrote…. “We have to be so one with God that we do not continually need to ask for guidance. Sanctification means that we are made the children of God, and the natural life of a child is obedience – until he wishes to be disobedient, then instantly there is the intuitive jar. In the spiritual domain the intuitive jar is the monition of the Spirit of God. When He gives the check, we have to stop at once and be renewed in the spirit of our mind in order to make out what God’s will is. If we are born again of the Spirit of God, it is the (death) of piety to ask God to guide us here and there.”

From Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

Miraculous Guidance?

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Are we ever right to ask for the miraculous when it comes to discovering God’s will for our life; to imitate Gideon’s ‘fleecy’ approach (Judges 6) or the apostles’ casting of lots? (Acts 1). Well, yes, I believe so … but how do we decide which decisions demand the miraculous? How much does our inherent laziness affect our choice? In this second brief post on the theme of guidance, C S Lewis reminds us that whenever we genuinely turn to God, asking, seeking, knocking, the miraculous is always involved…

 

A letter from C S Lewis … TO VERA GEBBERT, of her having read Isaiah 66 from the Bible she kept open on her dining table: 23 March 1953

“Now as to your other story, about Isaiah 66? It doesn’t really matter whether the Bible was open at that page thru’ a miracle or through some (unobserved) natural cause. We think it matters because we tend to call the second alternative ‘chance.’

“But when you come to think of it, there can be no such thing as chance from God’s point of view. Since He is omniscient His acts have no consequences which He has not foreseen and taken into account and intended.

“Suppose it was the draught from the window that blew your Bible open at Isaiah 66. Well, that current of air was linked up with the whole history of weather from the beginning of the world and you may be quite sure that the result it had for you at that moment (like all its other results) was intended and allowed for in the act of creation.

‘Not one sparrow,’you know the rest (Matthew 10:29). So of course the message was addressed to you. To suggest that your eye fell on it without this intention, is to suggest that you could take Him by surprise. Fiddle-de-dee!

“This is not Predestination: your will is perfectly free: but all physical events are adapted to fit in as God sees best with the free actions He knows we are going to do. There’s something about this in Screwtape.

“Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. All blessings.”

From The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III

Feeling lost?

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“And the Lord shall guide thee continually.” Isaiah 58:11 KJV

As a generation whose theme song might be ‘You’re Not the Boss of Me!” from the 2001 TV show Malcolm in the Middle, we share the usual human distaste for being told what we ought and ought not to do. Perhaps, then, it is one of the truest signs that we are born again in Christ that we develop, in Him, such an obsession with learning His will for us. This first of three brief posts on the theme of guidance comes from Charles Spurgeon…

Charles Spurgeon wrote…. “The Lord shall guide thee.” Not an angel, but Jehovah shall guide thee. He said he would not go through the wilderness before his people, an angel should go before them to lead them in the way; but Moses said, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel’s guidance …. You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you.

“Notice the word shall “The Lord shall guide thee.” How certain this makes it! How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious “shalls” and “wills” are better than men’s oaths. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

“Then observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes … not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at his heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in.

“If you have to change your position in life;
if you have to emigrate to distant shores;
if it should happen that you are cast into poverty,
or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy;
if you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes, yet tremble not, for…
“the Lord shall guide thee continually.”

“There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road….

“You have infallible wisdom to direct you,
immutable love to comfort you,
and eternal power to defend you.

“Jehovah”- mark the wordJehovah shall guide thee continually.”

From C H Spurgeon in Morning and Evening