okay, okay. i admit – Oswald Chambers has been rocking my world lately. i read him in high school, but it didn’t take. maybe i didn’t have the eyes to see, or maybe i’m more desperate now. i’m not sure. i am sure that his writing, coupled with the passages he gives insight to, are right where i’m at, simplifying my faith to something more authentic. no fads here. scratching the spiritual itch.
i’ve always believed that if i couldn’t figure out the why of suffering, then the next logical answer was that God is trying to get my attention, or teach me something. then came the pious decoding. i don’t remember where i picked up that thinking. today, i’m reading – and realizing that – guess what? – it’s not really true. let me lay it on ya:
“It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials. Through every cloud He brings our way, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in using the cloud is to simplify our beliefs until our relationship with Him is exactly like that of a child— a relationship simply between God and our own souls, and where other people are but shadows. Until other people become shadows to us, clouds and darkness will be ours every once in a while. Is our relationship with God becoming more simple than it has ever been?
There is a connection between the strange providential circumstances allowed by God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Until we can come face to face with the deepest, darkest fact of life without damaging our view of God’s character, we do not yet know Him.”
what say you?