Whenever we realize we have not taken advantage of a magnificent opportunity, we are apt to sink into despair. But Jesus comes and lovingly says to us, in essence, “Sleep on now. That opportunity is lost forever and you can’t change that. But get up, and let’s go on to the next thing.” In other words, let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him.
Oswald Chambers – Taking the Initiative Against Despair
If we could hear one thing let us hear, “Get up, and do the next thing.”
Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you completely— to the very last drop. But be careful to replenish your supply, or you will quickly be utterly exhausted. Until others learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they will have to draw on His life through you. You must literally be their source of supply, until they learn to take their nourishment from God…
Oswald Chambers – Are you exhausted Spiritually?
I think of it in terms of babies. My wife and I have joked that our kids are sucking the energy out of us. And to a certain extent it’s true. Infants are completely unable to care for themselves and even as they get older while they can do more on their own, they still require lots of attention and energy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’m trying to draw a comparison.
If we’re not mature Christians, then we are effectively draining Christians and as odd is may sound we need to grow to become the drained. Thats the only way to reproduce.
Too often we let our circumstances overwhelm us. Here’s another option.
Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on you, say, “Speak, Lord,” and make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline— it is meant to bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, Lord.”
Oswald Chambers – The Dilemma of Obedience
I worry constantly. I worry about my job, my kids, my home, my things, well I think you get the picture. But is worry something that should be part of the Christian life?
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you….
I’ve probably known the above verse most of my life. But there’s a difference between knowing and knowing (you know what I mean). As I was worrying this morning I realized (or better the Holy Spirit revealed) that worry is a smell. A smell is a symptom of a much deeper problem.
That begs the question, “What’s the deeper problem?”. That I believe is self-suffiency. When we worry, we are focused on our own ability to provide, instead of God’s ability to provide. Perhaps then that implies the deeper problem.
… Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.