Until I am born again and begin to see the Kingdom of God I see along my own prejudices only; I need the surgical operation of external events and an internal purification. ~ Oswald Chambers
This was one of the lines highlighted in my book. I think the first time I read this God used it to help me understand why my life had to be the way it was at the time. - Why my life, and that of my family had been turned upside down. Why it was necessary to have that life "taken away."
It seemed like forever that I had been praying for Larry, for his salvation. I wanted us to be able to share our faith - to worship God in unity. God heard my prayers and He answered. I could have asked "Why God?" but instinctively I already knew. Until there was nothing else, God could not be first for Larry. Until Larry became entirely dependent on God, there would be a struggle.
God brought us to the place where he would be "first, second, and third." - Mercifully, unlike Uzziah, no one had to die for Larry to "see the Lord."
I received my copy of My Utmost For His Highest on June 26th, 2010. By July 13th I realized God would use this man's messages from 100 years prior, to speak to me and strengthen my faith. I continue my devotions with Oswald Chambers because, his messages never get old or tired. They are as useful today as they were when he gave his sermons and lectures so many years ago.
Ministries concern themselves with "relevancy" in our world today. There is nothing more relevant than the message of the gospel. Oswald Chambers knew that if we are 100% sold out for the cause of Jesus Christ- to see the lost saved; that alone makes us relevant.