The book My Utmost for His Highest written by Oswald Chambers is a classic and has been reprinted several times since it was published in 1935. The book is a compilation of his messages recorded by his wife, who was a court stenographer. It was packaged as a daily devotional guide for one year.
Oswald Chambers wrote in a manner where he can explain complex theological subjects into small, bite-size messages that can be understood by ordinary persons. His analogy affords the reader to have a clear image of the concepts presented in the Bible. He has a knack for bringing out messages into practical understanding which to my experience is liberating.
I have compiled the quotes that touched me as a faith traveler:
1. When God brings a time of waiting, and appears to be unresponsive, don’t fill it with busyness, just wait.
2. Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and devotion.
3. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere.
4. The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s soul until they learn to feed on God.
5. We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God – we simply don’t listen to Him.
6. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks, we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey.
7. When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable.
8. If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love.
9. The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the Gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the disciples’ feet – that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.
10. When we lost sight of God, we become hard and dogmatic. We throw our petitions at His throne and dictate to Him what we want Him to do.
11. The Holy Spirit cannot be accepted as a guest in merely one room of the house – He invades all of it.
12. Many servants are out to serve God with great courage and with right motives. But with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, they are soon defeated.
13. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it removes God from the throne of our lives replacing Him with our own self-interest.
14. Beware of building your faith on experience, or your life will not ring true and will only sound the note of a critical spirit.
15. Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are.
16. God never gives us strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the moment.
17. Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict.
18. If you have become bitter and sour, it is because when God gave you a blessing you hoarded it.
19. When I stop telling God what I want, He can freely work His will in me without any hindrance.
20. No one fully knows what sin is until he is born again.