Thursday, April 05, 2007
If Only I'd Known
The past few weeks I have started quoting from Oswald Chambers, and probably will the rest of the year. His devotions are poignant and challenging every day that I read them.

My latest quote deals with a Christian understanding that we struggle each day in our walk when we do not surrender. Jesus said:

"If thou hadst known . . . in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes." Luke 19:42

Oswald Chambers discusses in his devotion titled If Thou Hadst Known!, April 3rd, that there are times in our life in which we have as gods that which takes our sight from Christ and we do not even know it, yet are still held accountable for it. (Sorry that I am quoting most of this, but it is that good.)

"...I am blind to the things which belong to my peace. It is an appalling thing that we can be in the place where the Spirit of God should be getting at us unhinderedly, and yet increase our condemnation in God's sight."

He finishes out with the following:

"'If thou hadst known' - God goes direct to the heart, with the tears of Jesus behind. These words imply culpable responsibility; God holds us responsible for what we do not see. 'Now they are hid from thine eyes' - because the disposition has never been yielded. The unfathomable sadness of the 'might have been!' God never opens doors that have been closed. He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut, imaginations which need never have been sullied. Never be afraid when God brings back the past. Let memory have its way. It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow. God will turn the 'might have been' into a wonderful culture for the future."

I believe our daily battles are best described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6...

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled." (NKJV)

We may think of the past, and at times it hurts, but if we are fighting these strongholds in the name of the Lord, and exalting the Lord, we become obedient to Christ and have our focus on Him. The fear and frustration we have about remembering past experiences, past sins is not the real issue. They will come, whether as a tool for Satan to get us to fall, or a tool for Christ to help recognize His prevenient grace. The challenge is how we respond to the memories and thoughts. Do we use them as a bridge to travel closer to Christ, or do they become a weight, keeping us from fully realizing our relationship with Christ?

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