It’s easy to recognize the faults in others yet remain blind to our own shortcomings…
WEEK 2 – Celebrating 100 Years of Oswald Chambers
VERSE: “When they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples.” Mark 4:34
OSWALD: “It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harbouring before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage?” (My Utmost for His Highest – January 12th)
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How It Spoke to Me…
How many of us have learned to look inside with courage?
I’ve been thinking a lot about that question this past week. It’s the new year, and as I do each January, I’ve been asking the Lord to change me, to make me more like Him.
A chance comment by my husband made me realize that while I want to change, I don’t necessarily want to face the hard questions transformation usually requires. I’d rather pray a blanket prayer stating my vague, yet passionate desire to be different than have to deal in any specifics.
Unfortunately, when we do that, we rarely see the things we need to see.
“We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride…” – Oswald Chambers
There are spiritual blind spots in us all.
Especially when we refuse to allow God to “take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters.” Crooks and crannies we’d prefer to remain hidden and unexplored.
As a result, we never ask the hard questions of ourselves:
- “Why did I overreact to that situation?”
- “Where is my anger really coming from?”
- “What is the lie behind this fear?”
When I shared Oswald’s statement about “crooks and crannies” with my friend and then-assistant, Angela Howard, she had an interesting response. Without looking up from the devotional project we were working on, she immediately responded: “We’re like English muffins.” She stated it like it was a fact. [Read more…]