My favorite morning get-it-together read has long been Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for Highest. I’ve been toting the same dogeared copy around for the last decade but I still find that he can surprise me even though I’ve read every entry at least half a dozen times.
Today’s reading (July 10) has me contemplating its nuances several hours later. I am still grappling with its meaning, and therefore, its takeaway.
Chambers wrote: “The test of our spirituality comes when we come up against injustice and meanness and ingratitude and turmoil, all of which have the tendency to make us spiritual sluggards. We want to use prayer and Bible reading for the purpose of retirement. We utilize God for the purpose of getting peace and joy, that is, we do not want to realize Jesus Christ, only our enjoyment of Him. This is the first step in the wrong direction. All these things are effects and we try to make them causes.”
Injustice, meanness, ingratitude and turmoil are effects and we approach them as causes. Is this not what he is suggesting? Injustice is the effect of spiritual laziness. Meanness, the effect of laziness. Ingratitude, the effect, not the cause. Turmoil is not the cause of spiritual deadness. It is the effect of it.
I’d like to have the wise Chambers in my living room right now. I’d serve him a very respectable cup of tea and then I’d ask him to please, please tell me more. My appetite for understanding has been whetted not sated, I want more.
I feel like I am only scratching the surface of perception here. Wiser minds out there, what do you think?