By: Dn Ng Zhiwen
What I appreciate about Oswald Chambers is that he doesn’t offer a watered down path to Christ. God always made it hard to get in, and easy to get out – we always had the choice (though the love of Christ would compel us otherwise). It is always the path of faith that leads to God. Understanding is not the path to believing – that’s just a reliance on intellect and logic, which is really the set up of one’ self as the measure of all things (In fact, understanding comes after believing).
If God is truly what He says He is, and if His promises are true… then you can fall into His arms, beyond the seemingly terrible gates of discipleship that demand surrender and death of the “self”, and find yourself standing upon a solid Rock like no other. How appropriate that this devotional comes at the time of Christmas. Jesus is our perfect example of trusting in the Father and doing His will… knowing well that His will is good. Hence the Babe in the manger.
Dec 22. The Drawing of the Father.
When God begins to draw me to Himself, the problem of my will comes in immediately. Will I react positively to the truth that God has revealed? Will I come to Him? To discuss or deliberate over spiritual matters when God calls is inappropriate and disrespectful to Him. When God speaks, never discuss it with anyone as if to decide what your response will be (see Galatians 1:15-16). Belief is not the result of an intellectual act, but the result of an act of my will whereby I deliberately commit myself. But will I commit, placing myself completely and absolutely on God, and be willing to act solely on what He says? If I will, I will find that I am grounded on reality as certain as God’s throne.
In preaching the gospel, always focus on the matter of the will. Belief must come from the will to believe. There must be a surrender of the will, not a surrender of a persuasive or powerful argument. I must deliberately step out, placing my faith in God and in His truth. And I must place no confidence in my own works, but only in God. Trusting in my own mental understanding becomes a hindrance to complete trust in God. I must be willing to ignore and leave my feelings behind. I must will to believe. But this can never be accomplished without my forceful, determined effort to separate myself from my old ways of looking at things. I must surrender myself completely to God. Everyone has been created with the ability to reach out beyond his grasp. But it is God who draws me, and my relationship to Him in the first place is an inner, personal one, not an intellectual one. I come into the relationship through the miracle of God and through my own will to believe. Then I begin to get an intelligent appreciation and understanding of the wonder of the transformation in my life