Thursdays With Oswald—Why Wait For A Tragedy To Get Your Attention?

This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.

Oswald Chambers

Why Wait For A Tragedy To Get Your Attention?

     God is not a supernatural interferer; God is the everlasting portion of His people. When a man “born from above” begins his new life he meets God at every turn, hears Him in every sound, sleeps at His feet, and wakes to find Him there. He is a new creature in a new creation, and tribulation but develops his power of knowing God….

From Christian Disciplines

Tribulation has an amazing power to get people’s attention. After every calamity (whether it’s the attack on Pearl Harbor or the World Trade Centers, a shooting in a school, or a young family killed by a drunk driver) our churches are filled. People are searching for something to help them make sense of that tragedy. Yet after a couple of weeks, life returns to “normal” and the churches empty out.

What we discovered in that moment of tragedy is what we should be discovering every day: God is there.

Do you hear God in all the sounds? Do you see Him at every turn? Do you sleep peacefully in Him each night? Do you go through your day without anxiety because You know He is by your side?

You can because He is there. Don’t wait for a tribulation to remind you of that fact. Open your eyes and ears and heart to His presence surrounding you even now.

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