While I believe the truth that we are all “equals in the eyes of God”…there are certain names that cause me to ponder how deeply I trust it, haha. You know how it is…there are just some people who make your knowledge of God tremble in comparison to their wealth of understanding as you just know you don’t know even half of what they have stored away in their hearts and minds.
People like C. S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Oswald Chambers.
You know…the BIG names.
And so it is with a little fear and trembling that I write out this post today because *gulp* I am going to argue with one of them.
Last night, I read the devotion for January 14th in My Utmost for His Highest by Mr. Chambers. I love this book. My copy is worn and faded from my grubby fingers flipping thru the pages over the years. Just to see it on my nightstand brings a smile to my face as I know that it will challenge me on nearly every level of my spiritual walk…and when I am walking with God as I should, I welcome that challenge.
So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself totally disagreeing with something he said. (I know…take a deep breath with me on this one!)
The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.
So far so good…he goes on to quote Matthew 22:14 and says more about relationship with God being needed, which is totally true…but then it happened:
However, God doesn’t single someone out and say ‘Now, you go’.
I had to re-read the whole passage a few times and came to this conclusion:
I can totally see what he is saying and the point he is making (You can read the full entry by clicking HERE or just go by the “summed up in the Oswald For Dummys version”: relationship with God is the one thing that allows me to have ears that hear His call and a heart willing to respond when He asks who to send in His name. He won’t force me to do His will, but if I am walking with Him I will want to be used by and for Him). I get it, I do…but it is this one statement, lodged sweetly in the center of his entry, that seemed to be in bold print and highlighted to my brain as the one thing that doesn’t flow with his point.
I drifted off to sleep pondering it…and woke up with it still hanging in the air….and so now I come here, putting it out there to see if anyone else has the answer.
The Bible is full of examples of God singling someone out to do His will. A few obvious ones?
- He “found favor in the eyes of the Lord”…”
- God said to Noah ‘I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will stablish my covenant with YOU and YOU shall come into the ark…” (Genesis 6)
- “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from YOUr country and YOUr kindred and YOUr father’s house to the land that I will show YOU.” (Genesis 12)
- “After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, ‘Abraham!’…’Take YOUr only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there…” (Genesis 22)
- “And the Lord appeard to him and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt…sojourn in this land and I will be with YOU and will bless YOU…” (Genesis 26)
I can go on and on with the moments in the Bible (and my own life) when God broke into someone’s world to say “Hi. I need you to go that way. Thanks”
So…be nice in your answers, but I am truly seeking your ideas: why would Mr. Chambers (who is amazing in his understanding of the Word) use this sentence to prove his point??
Looking up, as always…