I always love a good quote, especially one which demands multiple readings to unravel the different layers of thought contained within. Here’s an oldie but goodie … as written by Oswald Chambers in My Upmost For His Highest:
“It is not a question of our equipment but of our poverty, not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us; not a question of natural virtues of strength of character, knowledge and experience—all that is of no avail in this matter. The only thing that avails is that we are taken up into the big compelling of God and made His comrades.” (Discovery House, 1935, August 4)
First, I want to be a comrade of God’s, don’t you? It sounds so, well, personal, like we could share some burgers and fries and talk about everything–no secrets, no shy moments, no insecurities or cautious introductions. Just comrades. It’s a nice picture. Hard to grasp due to the fact He is GOD and all, but a good picture just the same. And yet, Moses was described as a “friend” of God (Ex. 33:11), and David as a man after God’s heart (1 Sam. 13:14). Sounds like a comrade to me…
Second (and this phrase is so rich it would be robbery should I add anything): Oh to be completely “taken up into the big compelling of God”, swept up into his greatness, caught up in all He is and oblivious to self!
Of course, if we got over ourselves and instead became absorbed in God, I guess we’d end up pretty good comrades. And maybe if we were on such close terms, knowing Him as a friend, we might care less and less about being all wrapped up in ourselves.
Just a thought…
Me too. I want to be a God’s comrade. 🙂
So true and simple. Yet we manage to make it so complicated
I LOVE Oswald Chambers as well. I read MUFHH for three straight years, took an unplanned 1-year break and started back again about 2 months ago. The nuggets he plants in his writings are worth more than diamonds and gold. His words help me to keep my eye on The Word. His words help me dig deep inside for the remnants of me that need to go. God is so good to allow MUFHH to remain in print for soooo long. Blessing to you on this continuous journey of the heart…in Christ Jesus. All for HIM.