Last week, I shared some thoughts from the book, Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the Bestselling Devotional.
This week, I want to share a few more thoughts and quotes from the little bit of reading I have done in the book. My life has been very busy, so I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would like to in reading the book. This book is also not a skim-worthy book. It is an interesting book to read; but there is much to reflect on as a person reads.
I think what has stuck with me most this past week is how much Oswald Chambers and his wife relied on the Holy Spirit to change people’s hearts. They prayed fervently and then allowed the Lord to work. They did not force change on others or try to make them acknowledge their wrong doings. They prayed — and God gave the results they would not have gotten if they had tried to do in their own strength.
We all have stressful relationships from time to time. Those in ministry will see circumstances that they may perceive as wrong, and sometimes those circumstances have to be dealt with by the correct people. However, the example of Oswald’s and Biddy’s dependence on prayer and waiting for the Holy Spirit to convict people and lead them into what they needed to do was the right lesson for me to reflect on this week.
I still have to read the part of the book where Oswald Chambers dies a premature death (in our eyes) while he was in his 40’s, and I am looking forward to reading about how Biddy then takes all the shorthand notes she had taken of Oswald’s lessons and sermons and turns them into the famous My Utmost for His Highest devotional book. She was a remarkable woman who enabled Oswald Chambers to be a man God used in remarkable ways.
Here are some quotes I have enjoyed the past week from Mrs. Oswald Chambers:
Oswald believed biblical truth was more easily “caught” than “taught,” particularly in learning to serve one another.
Biddy listened and prayed with simplicity. Oswald’s and Biddy’s sympathetic ears attracted hurting people, as Oswald had forseen. Throughout their lives, people confided in them — knowing they never betrayed a trust.
This past month has been a tiring month for my husband and me. We have had many changes in our ministry, and we have had to wear many hats. I loved the quote about how Biddy also had an overwhelming job and how
she focused on what she should do, drawing strength from Oswald’s reminder that “spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get your supplies . . . . Be exhausted for God, but remember that your supply comes from Him.”
Biddy started off every day trusting in God to lead and to do what is right:
I give the day over into God’s hands, completely, so that He will look after who comes.
Biddy did not waste time worrying or fretting:
She set aside her concerns to follow Jesus’s lead when he found the disciples asleep: “Our Lord came to them taking the spiritual initiative against their despair and said, in effect, ‘Get up and do the next thing.’ If we are inspired by God, what is the next thing? It is to trust Him absolutely.”
As an educator, my prayer is that others would learn from me what the students who learned from Oswald and Biddy learned:
. . . they had learned what it meant to be at God’s disposal, and that their only aim was to be where God could be glorified.
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