I love it when it’s so apparent that the Holy Spirit is speaking and I’m sure you do too. Those times when things or themes arise over the course of a period of time that is hard to imagine is a coincidence, or anything else but Him. We may not know exactly what those things mean in the moment, but for me it’s exciting because I know something is coming on the horizon and I need to have my eyes, ears, and heart open to His will and still small voice. Recently God put a new song, “The Story I’ll Tell,” and a daily devotional by Oswald Chambers in my life that prompted this blog post.
Please take some time to read through the devotion below from Oswald and then listen and/or watch the music video for, “The Story I’ll Tell.” Then down below in the comment section I’d love to hear what God spoke to you during that time.
My Utmost for His Highest – Oswald Chambers
“God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him out to death; He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s. But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.
There comes a baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what He is after. The things that happen do not happen by chance; they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is working out His purpose.
If we are in communion with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what His purposes are. As we go in the Christian life it gets simpler, because we are less inclined to say – Now why did God allow this and that? Behind the whole thing lies the compelling of God. “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.” A Christian is one who trusts the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the leisureliness which ought to characterize the children of God.” – Oswald Chamber, My Utmost for His Highest, August 5