From Oswald Chambers:
We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not… What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself. What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me.
After reading this sobering comment by Mr. Chambers, I went on during the week to hear summaries of a couple of Christian conversions.
Ravi Zacharias told of a great grandmother in India who had been a Buddhist priestess. She visited a missionary compound and kept returning out of curiosity in spite of her family’s disapproval. On one visit she found the gates locked when she tried to leave because the city had put out a quarantine order against an outbreak of cholera. It seemed the worst luck. Stuck there with the missionaries, she continued her conversations. The woman ended up becoming a Christian.
Eric Metaxas was interviewing an author who has written a new book about Chuck Colson, one of Eric’s heroes. Eric retold how, when Colson’s prison term ended, he chose to keep coming back to help the other prisoners. That became the start of Prison Fellowship. Another radical change of direction for his life and one he did not expect.
Both stories had seasons where the worst seemed to have happened. Both stories ended up with amazing, long-term results in God’s Kingdom. But what Mr. Chambers said still rings in my ears. And it is the most any of us can see in our lives today.
“His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now.”
I’m trying, Lord.