The Baffling Call of God

Oswald Chambers

. . . and all the things that are written by the prophets shall be accomplished unto the son of man. (rv)

God called Jesus Christ to unmitigated disaster; Jesus Christ called His disciples to come and see Him put to death; He led every one of those disciples to the place where their hearts broke. The whole thing was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s, and yet the thing that was the biggest failure from man’s standpoint was the ultimate triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose was not man’s.

In our own lives there comes the baffling call of God. “Let us pass over unto the other side,” Jesus said to His disciples; they obeyed, but as soon as they got into the boat there arose a great storm of wind and there was a squall that nearly drowned them.

The call of God cannot be stated explicitly, it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the man who has the nature of the sea in him. You cannot state definitely what the call of God is to; it is to be in comradeship with God for His own purposes, and the test of faith is to believe God knows what He is after.

The fact that history fulfils prophecy is a small matter compared to our maintenance of a right relationship to God Who is working out His purposes. The things that happen do not happen by chance at all, they happen entirely in the decrees of God.

To be “with God at the front” means the continual maintenance of our relationship to Him. If I maintain communion with God and recognise that He is taking me up into His purposes, I will no longer try to find out what those purposes are. If God has been brave enough to trust me, surely it is up to me not to let Him down, but to “hang in.”

You say “God has been very unwise to choose me because there is nothing in me.” As long as there is something in you He cannot choose you, because you have ends of your own to serve; but if you have let Him bring you to the end of your self-sufficiency, then He can choose you to go with Him to Jerusalem, and that means the fulfilment of His purposes which He does not discuss with you at all.

We go on with Him, and in the final wind-up the glory of God will be manifested before our eyes. No wonder our way is inscrutable! “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends”; we may take what ways we like, but behind them come the big compellings of God. The Christian is one who trusts the wisdom of God, not his own wits. The astute mind behind the saint’s life is the mind of God, not his own mind.

4 thoughts on “The Baffling Call of God

  1. David declared that “surely goodness and mercy will follow me…” The broken way, the loose threads of our walk and the unresolved issues are overtaken by the goodness and mercy of our God.

    True disciples live “forgetting the things behind” as they are taken with the things that “lie before”. The mystery of His ways cannot be understood, they can only be walked in by the wonder of faith.

    If God’s ways do not baffle us… we may be out of His Way. Faith receives the mystery, enters the mystery and finds rest in His mystery.

    Appreciate the posts…


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