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.
[These are notes from Oswald Chambers’ lecture on Jeremiah 12.]
Few suffer more seriously in character than the men and women who for one reason or another are exempt from frank, honest criticism. …
Progressive realization does not mean that God reveals Himself by inches, but that we realize His revelation of Himself by inches as we obey. …
God would have been “a wall of fire round about and…the glory in the midst” [Zechariah 2:5] if they had been obedient. The difference between God as a consuming fire and natural fire is just this, that the further you get away from God the more fiercely you feel His burnings, but when you are close to Him, you will find it is a glorious protection. …
The truth about God is Jesus Christ—light, life and love. Whatever is dark to us will, by means of our obedience, become as clear as the truth which we have made ours by obedience. The bit we do know is the most glorious, unfathomable delight conceivable, and that is going to be true about everything to do with God and us. The process is continual obedience.
From Notes On Jeremiah
God wants to reveal Himself to us, even if He has to be a consuming fire in order to do so!
God will burn up everything that keeps us from obeying Him—everything that takes our attention off of Him. He will burn up everything worthless so that we can know what is of incalculable worth; namely, Himself.
If you want to have more of God revealed to you, scrupulously obey the parts that have already been revealed to you.