Yesterday I shared the second part of a message on the familiar verses in Philippians 2:12-18. It was a part two because I was reminded during the week that the incredible standard of obedience outlines in the previous message needed to include that it is “God who is working in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” That is incredibly good news and we spent considerable time looking at all that God has done to make it possible for us to obey in joy and carry out our responsibilities as His disciples being blameless and harmless as shining lights in a perverse generations. (Godless is close to what ‘perverse’ means)
Yet there is always more to the story than what we can get in a sermon on Sunday. I was reminded of this when I happened on Oswald Chamber’s devotional for today. Think about this dear Christian friend who hopes to make it to the end in victory and triumph but are feeling a little hopeless even though you know the truth of Romans 5:1-5 where we spent some time yesterday in the message. God and His ways are above us. In every single way they are above us in the scope of our life which He sees perfectly and the outcomes He wants to accomplish even as He weaves together all things for our good.
We said yesterday that His love is of a kind of quality that is always the “best” for us…the problem implied though is that we don’t always know what is best and what is best for us may involve considerable pain and a lot of time. I hope that the old missionary Chamber’s will help in this regard. Enjoy…knowing that in the end it is for His glory that He has saved us…we must accept that and in time and embrace it with joy.
September 12th – By spiritual confusion
– My Utmost for His Highest
Ye know not what ye ask. Matthew 20:22.
There are times in spiritual life when there is confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through the confusion that you will get at what God wants.
The Shrouding of His Friendship. Luke 11:5–8 . Jesus gave the illustration of the man who looked as if he did not care for his friend, and He said that that is how the Heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think He is an unkind friend, but remember He is not; the time will come when everything will be explained. There is a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller communion. When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang on in confidence in Him?
The Shadow on His Fatherhood. Luke 11:11–13 . Jesus says there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father, as if He were callous and indifferent, but remember He is not; I have told you—“Everyone that asketh receiveth.” If there is a shadow on the face of the Father just now, hang onto it that He will ultimately give His clear revealing and justify Himself in all that He permitted.
The Strangeness of His Faithfulness. Luke 18:1–8 . “When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Will He find the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not understand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you ask.
Oh God, thank you for leading us along to what is best and most for your glory and praise! Give us grace in all these things.