Oswald Chambers Oswald Chambers (1874 - 1917)
Holiness
A saint's life is in the hands of God as a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see; He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says, I cannot stand any more. But God does not heed; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly.
 
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When God Scolds There is so much more we would like to say about this. But you don’t seem to listen, so it’s hard to make you understand. (Hebrews 5:11) Have you ever sat in church behind a couple of bratty kids? I did, just a couple of weeks ago. I was out of town and sitting in on a Sunday morning service, and two rows ahead of me were a couple of boys who were bouncing off the ceiling. Every person in the vicinity was distracted by their antics. I lost count of how many times their father told them to sit still and be quiet, but they refused to listen. Throughout the service they continued to jump and squirm and pinch each other. And they were old enough to know better—that’s what was most irritating.  At one point the father was scolding the older of the two, and the boy simply closed his eyes and pressed his hands tightly over his ears. Though he knew he was wrong, he didn’t want to hear about it. He refused to listen.  Aren’t we a lot like that sometimes? Aren’t there times when we know God is telling us to straighten up and act like Christians, and we respond by closing our eyes and covering our ears? We read a Scripture that convicts our spirit, yet we choose to simply keep reading and shut out the convicting thoughts. A pastor gives a word that seems as if it were meant just for us, and we nod introspectively but forget about it by the time we get home. God’s Spirit whispers a word of caution into ours, and we shrug it off and go our merry way.  The writer of Hebrews faced this same attitude among the first century Jewish Christians and addressed it head-on in his letter. “There is so much more we would like to say to you about this. But you don’t seem to listen, so it’s hard to make you understand. You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food” (Hebrews 5:11-12). They were acting like bratty children, so that’s how the writer of Hebrews chooses to treat them. They refused to listen like adults, so he doesn’t talk to them like adults. At times I wonder what a letter to us might sound like. When God scolds his people, he means business. When he speaks, it’s our responsibility to listen—and to respond accordingly. Anything less is an insult to our heavenly Father.

Today’s Reading  Hebrews 5:11-13 Reflection  How do you respond when God convicts your spirit? Is there anything in your life that he is scolding you about today?
 
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