Alone With God

Oswald Chambers: My Utmost For His Highest, pg. 13:

“When He was alone the twelve . . . asked of Him . . . ” Mark iv. 10.

His solitude with Us. When God gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or by a new friendship–when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot ask one question, then he begins to expound. Watch Jesus Christ’s training of the twelve. It was the disciples,not the crowd outside, who were perplexed. They constantly asked questions, and He constantly expounded things to them; but they only understood after they had received the Holy Spirit (see John xiv. 26).

If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother’s perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a does of the plague in our own hearts. There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Are we alone with Him now, or are we taken up with little fussy notions, fussy comradeships in God’s service, fussy ideas about our bodies? Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him.

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I read that as my devotional a day ago and it has been turning around in my head since.

I don’t know about you, but I feel I am “taken up with little fussy notions” particularly in regard to “comradeships in God’s service”.

What Chambers addressed stilled my heart. It made me ask myself the question: When was I last alone with God? When was I last dumbfounded by Him?

It has been a while.

I have such a tendency to get caught in daydreaming. Thinking about my future. It is something that I do a lot, probably much more than I ought.

And while I think, I hear that still small voice that visited Elijah:

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”… (1 Kings 19:11-13)

I hear that same voice whisper to me.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I am anxious.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I am concerned.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

I am wondering.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Help me to be still, Abba. My thoughts are wandering and I find it so hard to lock onto You. The rush of the world pushes against me, and resisting is so hard. I read Your Word and I pray, but it has been so long since I have been still. I need to know once more that You are God. I need to be dumbfounded and awed by Your glory again. Calm my anxious heart. Slow down my racing mind. Stop my factory of thoughts. And help me to be still and know that You are indeed God. My God. My Daddy.Be still, my friends, and know that the LORD is God!

 

In Christ Alone~EleyanaFaith

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