28march2012

Isn’t There Some Misunderstanding?

’Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to Him, ’. . . are You going there again?’ —John 11:7-8

Just because I don’t understand what Jesus Christ says, I have no right to determine that He must be mistaken in what He says. That is a dangerous view, and it is never right to think that my obedience to God’s directive will bring dishonor to Jesus. The only thing that will bring dishonor is not obeying Him. To put my view of His honor ahead of what He is plainly guiding me to do is never right, even though it may come from a real desire to prevent Him from being put to an open shame. I know when the instructions have come from God because of their quiet persistence. But when I begin to weigh the pros and cons, and doubt and debate enter into my mind, I am bringing in an element that is not of God. This will only result in my concluding that His instructions to me were not right. Many of us are faithful to our ideas about Jesus Christ, but how many of us are faithful to Jesus Himself? Faithfulness to Jesus means that I must step out even when and where I can’t see anything (see Matthew 14:29). But faithfulness to my own ideas means that I first clear the way mentally. Faith, however, is not intellectual understanding; faith is a deliberate commitment to the Person of Jesus Christ, even when I can’t see the way ahead.

Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Simply obey Him with unrestrained joy. When He tells you something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a misunderstanding of what honors Him and what doesn’t. Are you faithful to Jesus, or faithful to your ideas about Him? Are you faithful to what He says, or are you trying to compromise His words with thoughts that never came from Him? “Whatever He says to you, do it ” (John 2:5).

-Oswald Chambers

This is so backwards thinking to us in America. We have a hard enough time “just doing” what our parents tell us! 

A little while ago I was challenged to grab a blank piece of computer paper and sign the bottom; it meant that I had just agreed to whatever God wanted to put on the rest of the page. This is the kind of lifestyle that Mr. Chambers is talking about here in this little devotional; that we commit to obey before we even know what we’re going to do. 

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3 Responses to “28march2012”

  1. Great reminders and putting things back into perspective of how we are supposed to be living in our everyday life

  2. Margeaux DuMont Says:

    I needed so badly to hear this to confirm my current step of faith. It’s so easy to become selfish or negotiators with Jesus when He asks us to move for Him. We are to die to ourselves to fully glorify Him. That means fully. “He Must Increase, I Must Decrease.” John 3:30. Short,simple, to the point. I am completely agree with you. Thank you so much for this post. God always knows what we need to hear & finds that perfect way to get it through to us.

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