Friday, April 25, 2014

Gathering in Christ

Luke 18:1-8
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying, “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city, and she came [seeking justice from an adversary]. And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her contonual coming she wearies me.’”

Then the LORD said,”Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?”

… even love itself has to wait often in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller communion. The time is coming when we shall see perfectly clearly, but it is only through confusion that we can get to a clear outline… It is much easier to ask God to do our work for us than to do it ourselves -- “Oh well, I will pray and ask God to clean this thing up for me.” God won’t. We must do our own work. Prayer is always a temptation to back on a miracle instead of a moral issue until we are disciplined…. We have to learn to obey God in every detail; then the shroudings will be lifted, the shadows will disappear, the strangeness will go, and we shall begin to understand the friendship and the fatherhood and the faithfulness of God with regard to our lives.

Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 115 (4/25)
From The Place of Help

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