Friday, February 19, 2016

Arise and Eat!

'Arise and eat' (1Kings 19:5)

'The angel did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the
scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told
Elijah to do the most ordinary thing, viz., to get up and
eat. If we were never depressed we should not be alive;
it is the nature of crystal never to be depressed. 
A human being is capable of depression, otherwise
there would be no capacity for exaltation. There are
things that are calculated to depress, things that are of
the nature of death; and in taking an estimate of your-
self, always take into account the capacity for

When the Spirit of God comes He does not give us
visions, He tells us to do the most ordinary things
conceivable. Depression is apt to turn us away from
the ordinary commonplace things of God's creation,
but whenever God comes, the inspiration is to do
the most natural simple things--the things we would
never imagined God was in, and as we do them we
find He is there. The inspiration which comes to us
in this way is an initiative against depression; we
have to do the next thing and do it in the inspiration
of God. If we do a thing in order to overcome
depression we deepen the depression; but if the
Spirit of God makes us feel intuitively that we must
do the thing, and we do it, the depression is gone.
Immediately we arise and obey, we enter on a higher
plane of life.' (Oswald Chambers)

Reader, some days it may seem hard to get out of
bed, not because of exhaustion, but because it seems
to be too much effort. But, if you arise and step out of
bed, turn the water on for a shower, sing His praises,
and get dressed, the day will suddenly have promise!

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