God’s Overpowering Purpose

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

I have appeared to you for this purpose . . .—Acts 26:16

The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him. And Paul stated, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” (Acts 26:19). Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, “Your whole life is to be overpowered or subdued by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine.” And the Lord also says to us, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go . . .” (John 15:16).

When we are born again, if we are spiritual at all, we have visions of what Jesus wants us to be. It is important that I learn not to be “disobedient to the heavenly vision”—not to doubt that it can be attained. It is not enough to give mental assent to the fact that God has redeemed the world, nor even to know that the Holy Spirit can make all that Jesus did a reality in my life. I must have the foundation of a personal relationship with Him. Paul was not given a message or a doctrine to proclaim. He was brought into a vivid, personal, overpowering relationship with Jesus Christ. Acts 26:16 is tremendously compelling “. . . to make you a minister and a witness . . . .” There would be nothing there without a personal relationship. Paul was devoted to a Person, not to a cause. He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s. He saw nothing else and he lived for nothing else.

“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).

by Oswald Chambers

The Wonders of His Providence!

Charles Spurgeonby Charles Spurgeon

“Esther Defeats her Enemies”

“In his heart a man plans his course–but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart–but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

“A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24

Do not judge divine providence in little pieces–it is a grand mosaic, and must be seen as a whole.

The Lord’s wisdom is seen in arranging the smallest events so as to produce great results. We frequently hear people say of a pleasant or a great event, “What a providence! This is the finger of God!”–while they are silent as to anything which appears less important, or has an unpleasant savor.

But the place of the flower upon the hillside–is as fixed as the station of a king! And the dust which is raised by a cart-wheel–is as surely steered by divine providence as the planet in its orbit!

There is as much providence in the creeping of an insect upon a rose leaf–as in the marching of an army to ravage a continent!

Everything, the most minute, as well as the most magnificent–is ordered by the Lord who has prepared His throne in the heavens, whose kingdom rules over all.

Whatever the event may be, the attentive eye will as clearly see the Lord’s providential hand.

I am sure that God is in the world, yes, and is at my own fireside, and in my chamber–and manages my affairs, and orders all things for me, and for each one of His redeemed children. We need no miracles to convince us of His working, the wonders of His providence are as great marvels as miracles themselves.

“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28

by Charles Spurgeon

In These Evil Times

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