Thought for Today
Who is Wise?
“Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine,
and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man…”
The scriptures are full of God’s thoughts and His determinations. Those who set their hearts to please and honor Him will have little difficulty discovering these things. It is a simple concept for us to consider; hear His Word and obey it. While many love to discuss revelations, dreams and visions the simplicity of doing His Word will make one wise and pleasing to God. As one man observed, the disobedient scholar has to muddy the water in order to make it appear deep. In reality the wonder of obeying Him brings us to clear waters, pure hearts and a faith built upon the very Rock of our Salvation.
There is no better teacher than obedience for it opens the heart to feel God within. It cleanses the eyes that we may see clearly and it causes our ears to become sensitive to the intonations of His voice. Obedience will always clarify our walk. In obeying we soon discover whether a thing is of God or of ourselves. Those who never obey His voice within are left with obscurity in the things of life. They have never acted on the still small voice within and therefore the ambiguity of His way is never solved. With the passing of time the voice becomes reticent and men and women are left to their own thoughts and ways.
Child-like faith will always reveal the Father. It is to such He comes to show them the wonders of His Son and of His Kingdom.
“But whoever does what is true comes to the light,
so that it may become evident
that his actions have God’s approval”
“All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God’s truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. The only way you can get to know is to stop trying to find out and being born again. Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the Holy Spirit, when one five minutes of drastic obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. ‘I suppose I shall understand these things some day!’ You can understand them now. It is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already. Beware of becoming ‘wise and prudent.’”
Some Great Quotes
Amen. Oswald lived a short life yet his candle still shines as a testimony of his obedience and God’s favour. Faith is the substance… and the evidence of things not seen. People of faith are people of substance and their lives are to be a living evidence of the heavenly things.
Blessings to you on your journeys
Wow, I just found an old volume of Oswald Chambers quotations the other week, and found this quote in it:
“…The knowledge of evil that came through the Fall gives a man a broad mind, but paralyses his action.”
Good word… so true. A broad mind but a small foot print!
Such a good and solid word from you on this article! Oh how I long that the Church would change the “feel good” message into the “do good” message like what you have here. The Word makes clear we are blessed in obedience, and the disobedient wonder why their lives are such a mess. I love what you wrote, “…the wonder of obeying Him brings us to clear waters…”, and we will not have eyes to see until we have clear waters to look through. His message is not hard, nor is it a hard message to do. I love how John wrote, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). May we all experience the joy of obedience!
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