Thursday, October 5, 2017

Unmitigated Disaster?

And all things that are written by the prophets concer-
ning the Son of Man shall be accomplished...And they 
understood none of these things. Luke 18:31,34

God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. 
Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put 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 man's 
standpoint but was a tremendous triumph from God's, be-
cause God's purpose is never man's purpose.

There comes the 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 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 comrade-
ship with Himself for His own purposes, and the test is to be-
lieve 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 purposes. 

If we are in communion with God and recognize that He is take-
ing us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what 
His purposes are. As we go on in the Christian life it gets simp-
ler, because we are less inclined to say--"Now why did God allow 
this or 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 Chambers

Reader, take this one in and ponder it. "If we do not have a pur-
pose regarding our own in life we enter into a simplicity and a
leisureliness that is supposed to characterize the children of
God." This was written long before our modern day when even
those who are Christians are constantly moving, never resting,
and feeling like they are getting nowhere and looking at nothing
but failure. We are constantly looking to the purpose instead of
the God of purpose. It even pursues us into old age!

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