This was so good from the My Utmost for His Highest devotion today that I just had to share!
Oswald Chambers hits the nail on the head with this –
Palm Sunday: The Bewildering Call of God
God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. And Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death, leading every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. His life was an absolute failure from every standpoint except God’s. But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.
This bewildering call of God comes into our lives as well. The call of God can never be understood absolutely or explained externally; it is a call that can only be perceived and understood internally by our true inner-nature. The call of God is like the call of the sea—no one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him. What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes. Our real test is in truly believing that God knows what He desires. The things that happen do not happen by chance—they happen entirely by the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out His own purposes. If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we grow in the Christian life, it becomes simpler to us, because we are less inclined to say, “I wonder why God allowed this or that?” And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is someone who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, not in his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.
Isn’t that so good? And indeed better than good feelings is the fact that it is truth. There are times when it appears that we are failing on every count. Times when it appears that we have gotten off the course or have made a wrong turn somewhere and yet, in those moments God reminds us that He is the I Am. And the Great I Am has a perspective that none can see or understand. We must simply trust that He is working it out and that it really doesn’t need to make sense to anyone else.
I pray that you are encouraged in your walk with Christ today. As always, thank you for journeying with me! I pray for you all and am so grateful for you.