ORDER…AT LAST

It has only been two days now, but we’ve kept to our schedule. And yes, the kids are happy with the results (as am I). They don’t like getting up so early – but they do enjoy being done with school earlier in the day rather than later. It’s good stuff.

As for me? I’m getting more housework done. I’m spending more quality time with the girls and my evenings don’t feel rushed like they usually do. I’m also getting to bed far earlier than I have in years. I have a calendar…and I have NOT lost it. That’s a huge step. Like I said – it’s only been two days on this new schedule. But hey – we have to start somewhere, right?

Order and obedience. Wow. Who knew it could be so good? Oh wait…God did. That’s Who! God created an orderly world which, by our own hand and disobedience, spiraled into chaos. Yet, in His mercy and infinite wisdom, He sent His son to reconcile us to Him and reverse the curse of the chaos. The following is by Oswald Chambers. It’s a doozie…but well worth the read. 

AFTER OBEDIENCE – WHAT? By Oswald Chambers

And straightway He constrained His disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side. . . .” Mark 6:45-52

We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey Him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.

What is my dream of God’s purpose? His purpose is that I depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process – that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.

God’s training is for now, not presently. His purpose is for this minute, not for something in the future. We have nothing to do with the afterwards of obedience; we get wrong when we think of the afterwards. What men call training and preparation, God calls the end.

God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present: if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious.

 

That’s deep. And definitely for me today. My obedience is for here and now –And the chaos of my life is redefined. Jesus walks on the waves of life and calls me to do the same with Him.

What a wonderful God we serve. Amen and amen!

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