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Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I first started reading Oswald Chamber’s devotional, My Utmost for His Highest nine years ago. Because someone said I should.

I faithfully read it through for one year. Then I tucked it away in a box, taped the box shut and shoved the whole thing in the back of the closet.

During that year, a few things made me nod my head. But more things made me scratch my head. In other words, I wasn’t ready to hear what Oz had to say because God hadn’t grown my heart big enough yet to make room for those understandings.

Fast forward nine years. This year, as I read through his devotionals, I agree with more of his interpretations and preaching. Evidently, though long dead, Oz is still growing spiritually.

Or perhaps I am.

It seems that the larger my heart is for Jesus, the more willing I am to see what God may be telling me through the written words of a brother in Christ.

PRAYER: Give me another 9 years or 90, God—all in your timing. But please keep growing my heart to understand and praise you more. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Are you ever surprised when you gain new understanding of scripture you always thought you understood?

NOTE: For more in this series, click on the page “OZ AND I” to the right.


chris said...

Yep, this happens every day that I open my heart up to "listening" as I read my Bible. Oz's devotionals are really deep for me. When I was reading them I started to find myself thinking about them and his interpretations throughout the day. That's impact!!

Pam B. said...

I don't know that I've ever heard of Oswald Chamber. You've now got me curious.

I'm almost halfway through a NIV "The One Year Bible". I haven't missed a day. It is feeding my soul. I want to read the Bible through every year for the rest of my life.

lynnmosher said...

Love it! And love Oz! So thankful to the Holy Spirit when He explodes a scripture within me, something I never saw before. Awesome, isn't it? Thanks, Carol!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris, Pam and Lynn - thanks so much for joining in on this topic. It's so wonderful that God allows us humans to share our thoughts and love of Him through devotionals.