Thursdays With Oswald—Doubting

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


     Lord, I praise You for this place I am in; but the wonder has begun to stir in me—is this Your place for me? Hold me steady doing Your will. It may only be restlessness; if so, calm me to strength that I sin not against You by doubting. 

From Knocking At God’s Door 

I love the “realness” of this prayer!

I’ve been in this same place where Oswald Chambers was. Have you? I know that I know that God has called me to a certain place, but then I begin to second-guess that call. Perhaps challenges have come against me. Perhaps things aren’t moving as easily as I thought they should. Perhaps I don’t have the passion I once had.

Is this God speaking to me, or is this just my impatience? Am I restless because I’m dissatisfied, or am I restless because God is preparing to move me?

Whatever the case, I need to ask the Holy Spirit to calm me. It’s in those calm times that I am strengthened to hear God’s unmistakable Voice. I don’t want to make a rash decision based on the emotion of the moment; I want to clearly hear what God has to say to me. He will either reenergize me to stay put, or He will clearly show me it’s time to move.

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