Day: May 18, 2010

Living Simply— Yet Focused

Oswald Chambers 90x115 by Oswald Chambers

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin”— they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon— all of these simply are as well— yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair God’s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, “Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me.” In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you“will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38  ). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spiritually— just as “the lilies of the field.”

Coincidence or prophecy: White House pressure on Israel and disasters for America

Bill Wilson 90x115 by Bill Wilson

Let’s take an inventory of catastrophic events of late. On April 4 there were 41 people shot and four killed in 26 hours in Chicago. The West Virginia coal mine disaster on April 5 claimed over two dozen lives. The April 21 explosion on the oil rig killed 11 people and is still a mounting disaster. The IMF Global Financial Stability report on April 25 indicated the European Union was in a deep financial crisis. In April, there was also flooding in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Delaware.  Floods ravaged Nashville and Memphis Tennessee the week of May 1. The volcano in Iceland on May 11 delayed flights and disrupted weather patterns around the world.