Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

Oswald Chambers 90x115 by Oswald Chambers 

“what shall I say? ’Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. ’Father, glorify Your name’ —John 12:27-28

As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

God’s answers to our excuses

Greg Laurie 90x115 by Greg Laurie

The best definition I have ever heard for the word “excuse” is, “The skin of a reason stuffed with a lie.” Nothing more than a fancy lie, an excuse is something we offer when we don’t want to do something, not because we can’t do something.

Moses offered up excuse after excuse when it came to God’s plan for his life. He didn’t feel like he was up to it. So he bombarded God with a series of excuses as to why he would not be useful to him.