Thursdays With Oswald—Questions

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


A series of questions Oswald Chambers asked his audience:

  • Can God do what He likes in your life? 
  • Can He help Himself liberally to you? 
  • Can He take you up and put you down? 
  • Can He introduce His schemes through you, and never tell you the reason why? 
  • Can He make you a spectacle to men and angels, as He did Job, without giving you any explanation? 
  • Can He make you a wonder to yourself and to others, while He gives you the implicit child-like understanding that somehow or other things are working out all right? 
  • Can it be said of us that Jesus so loved us that He stayed where He was because He knew we had a capacity to stand a bigger revelation? 
  • Are we making it easy for the Holy Spirit to work out God’s will in us, or are we continually putting Him on one side by the empty requests of our natural hearts, Christians though we be?”

From If Ye Shall Ask

Oswald Chambers was a big proponent of allowing the Holy Spirit to search and examine those who call themselves Christians. He believed the truthfulness of the statement, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

My brother, my sister, can you allow God’s Spirit to test you with these types of questions? Are you willing to pray, as David did, “Search me, O God”? If you and I don’t allow the Holy Spirit to search us, how will we know if we are truly in the faith?

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