Sunday, April 18, 2010

Readiness (by Oswald Chambers)

The following is the daily devotion from
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

"God called unto him and he said, Here am I" Exodus 3:4

When God speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses' reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to God and a knowledge of where we are at present. We are so busy telling God where we would like to go. The man or woman who is ready for God and His work is the one who carries off the prize when the summons comes. We wait with the idea of some great opportunity, something sensational, and when it comes we are quick to cry - "Here am I." Whenever Jesus Christ is in the ascendant, we are there, but we are not ready for an obscure duty.

Readiness for God means that we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing, it makes no difference. We have no choice in what we want to do, whatever God's programme may be we are there, ready. When any duty presents itself we hear God's voice as Our Lord heard His Father's voice, and we are ready for it with all the alertness of our love for Him. Jesus Christ expects to do with us as His Father did with Him. He can put us where He likes, in pleasant duties or in mean duties, because the union is that of the Father and Himself. "That they may be one, even as We are one."

Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called! The burning bush is a symbol of everything that surrounds the ready soul, it is ablaze with the presence of God.


Heather said...

I love the "sudden surprise visits of God." A lot.

Cassandra Frear said...

I am learning here that a commitment to be aware of God being present all the time (that is, as often as I can remember it and keep it in mind) does wonders for my readiness.

I love Moses. I'm so glad his story is in the Bible.

Jake said...

God is the best when He's unexpected even though He's sometimes the hardest to "deal with" (understand my meaning-- obey would have been better but this is typed now) when He comes out of nowhere

Great post, friend!!!

Living Water said...

Great devotional. I particularly like the part about readiness for God meaning we are ready to do the tiniest little thing or the great big thing. Too often we've wasted our time trying to get ready when God has already called!