Wednesday, October 04, 2006

My Utmost For His Highest, October 4th

THE VISION AND THE VERITY
"Called to be saints." 1 Corinthians 1:2

Thank God for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to have the vision "batter'd to shape and use" by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people.

There are times when we do know what God's purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends upon us, not upon God. If we prefer to loll on the mount and live in the memory of the vision, we will be of no use actually in the ordinary stuff of which human life is made up. We have to learn to live in reliance on what we saw in the vision, not in ecstasies and conscious contemplation of God, but to live in actualities in the light of the vision until we get to the veritable reality. Every bit of our training is in that direction. Learn to thank God for making known His demands.

The little "I am" always sulks when God says do. Let the little "I am" be shrivelled up in God's indignation - "I AM THAT I AM hath sent thee." He must dominate. Is it not penetrating to realize that God knows where we live, and the kennels we crawl into! He will hunt us up like a lightning flash. No human being knows human beings as God does.

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*We have to learn to live in reliance on what we saw in the vision, not in ecstasies and conscious contemplation of God, but to live in actualities in the light of the vision until we get to the veritable reality.*

This is precisely what I've done so many times in the past. Always wanting 'burning bushes'. There have been times that the Lord has shown me things with such clarity. No mistaking it at all. This has been a major stuggle with me -- it's so easy to praise God and follow when He has shown Himself to you. But as life invades once again, the "glory fades" and life is once again mundane.

What I need to learn is to more consistently do in the valley what I've seen in the mountaintops.

1 comment:

danfromtn said...

OC's devotional is great! I'm always glad to see other Christians being built up through reading it.

Blessings!