The OC Factor

Many years ago my mother gave me a little red hardcover devotional entitled My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

Of course, at that time I had no idea who Oswald Chambers was or how important his words would be for me in the future.

Now, many years later, Oswald Chambers is my friend and I lovingly refer to him as OC. In fact, all of us on the Quiet Time Ministries team call him OC, and we frequently love to share what we have read from his little devotional at team meetings.

I confess there are some days when I read his devotionals that I am not completely certain what he is talking about – I simply don’t understand the import of what he is saying – it’s a mystery – the OC factor. And then, perhaps a couple years later, I’ll read that same devotional again and I will understand it exactly! The words will leap off the page, pierce my heart, and draw me closer to the Lord. That’s the beauty of OC – he is brilliant, spiritually deep, and profound in what he says about the Christian life. I am moved to say a few words about with this post. Why? Because today’s reading in My Utmost For His Highest is the reason I keep coming back to him again and again. This particular reading is a good example of why I love to see what OC says everyday – this devotional is OC at his best.

“… in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.” 2 Corinthians 6:4.
It takes Almighty grace to take the next step when there is no vision and no spectator — the next step in devotion, the next step in your study, in your reading, in your kitchen; the next step in your duty, when there is no vision from God, no enthusiasm and no spectator. It takes far more of the grace of God, far more conscious drawing upon God to take that step, than it does to preach the Gospel. Every Christian has to partake of what was the essence of the Incarnation, he must bring the thing down into flesh-and-blood actualities and work it out through the finger-tips. We flag when there is no vision, no uplift, but just the common round, the trivial task. The thing that tells in the long run for God and for men is the steady persevering work in the unseen, and the only way to keep the life uncrushed is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you. Continually get away from pettiness and paltriness of mind and thought out into the thirteenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel.
Oswald Chambers, Amid A Crowd Of Paltry Things

Oh I love these words today from OC!

That is why my quiet time is so imperative for me each day – “to live looking to God.” Life is filled with a thousand moments of the “paltry things” as OC calls them – those things that must be done to accomplish the task. I love the exciting in ministry — like going on a speaking trip to Seattle or Dallas or Atlanta or wherever the Lord leads me, and meet incredible women who love the Lord, or writing a book and seeing that book come to life as others read it and get excited to know the Lord and draw near to Him, or getting a new idea for ministry, and just going for it and developing that idea into something more than the original thought as God gives it dimension and purpose. But behind all of these exciting experiences are many tedious hours with no one watching, no one cheering you on — except, that is, the Lord Himself.

And if you have spent that good time with Him, then you need nothing else to keep going. And the point is, you will keep going, you will persevere to finish the task and ultimately the course. OC has helped me to understand these truths over the years and someday in heaven when we are face to face with our Lord, I hope to thank OC for thinking deeply about God’s truth from the Bible and saying that truth in ways that have led me deeper in my relationship with the Him.

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Journaling pours out your soul to the Lord. When you journal, you become receptive to the voice of God. … Pouring out your soul to the Lord means to lift up every desire, need, joy, sorrow, and thought that is on your heart and in your mind to your Father who loves you more than you can imagine. It is done in the presence of God, directed to God, and intended for the glory of God.
Catherine Martin, Day Nine, Your Journal, Six Secrets To A Powerful Quiet Time

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