Excerpt from: "Friendship wit God" by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest (Read Gen. 18:16 - end of chapter)
"This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God's will, and all your common-sense decisions are His will for you unless He checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at once. It's Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire, there was something yet to be desired in his relationship to God. Whenever we stop short in prayer and say—'Well I don't know; perhaps it is not God's will,' there is still another stage to go. We are not so intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as He wants us to be—"That they may be one even as we are one." Think of the last thing you prayed about—were you devoted to your desire or to God? Determined to get some gift of the Spirit or to get at God? "Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him." The point of asking is that you may get to know God better. "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself."
From Marilyn: This devotional struck a chord with me this week as last Tuesday the Advocate came to the house to do an interview about faith and our marriage. It is to be posted sometime this coming week, Holy Week for the Christian faith. When the questions were asked, "how did you get through this or that?", we boldly answered only by the gift of Christ. The Lord was the one who gifted us with the grace to survive the trying times. Our story is out there and though that was a big step to make public, there has been only peace to guide. I agree with Oswald Chambers: "When you are rightly related to God, it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God's will, and all your common-sense decisions are His will for you unless He checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God, knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when He checks, stop at once."
I divulged information that there were many times that I didn't know what to do in our marriage...should I stay or should I go? I shared with the interviewer my "deciding dream" about being in heaven with Lindsay and seeing John in hell (I've shared this before) and little age 2 Lindsay looked up at me with a tear in her eye and said, "mommy, wasn't there anything else you could do?" When I awoke the next morning I had a whole new outlook on this marriage. I was determined to stand before the Lord one day with a faithful heart and know that I did everything humanly possible to portray Jesus in this marriage. There were plenty of times that I quit in my head and in my heart, there were plenty of times that I thought, "there's no way this marriage is going to make it!" Each time I was about to quit the Lord did something within my heart to show me that indeed I could lean on Him and delight myself in the Lord and He would give me the desires of the heart. Our speaker this past weekend was our son-in-law, Chris Lawson and he did an excellent job in speaking about the Lord's entry into Jerusalem and how our God is both sovereign and good, even in the midst of trial and tribulation. He is our friend and only wants what is best for us. I hope that we can remember this as we come upon that marriage that is in trouble, that person steeped in drugs or abuse, that trial of a wayward child, that big decision that needs an answer and that time of grief and despair as we approach the most amazing time in our Christian faith, Holy Week, Easter Resurrection Sunday! Take time this week to celebrate and reflect upon the sufferings of Christ and please join in our Maundy Thursday open house communion/baptism time of the Last Supper reflection and as we learn about the tradition of the Jewish faith of the passover meal on Friday night at 7:00PM, then rejoice together in Resurrection weekend and the Lord's love for each of us...that blood that was shed for you and for me.
I know this Monday Thoughts goes to people that don't attend our church and live in other states and so I hope that you will also reflect upon this sacred week and prepare your heart for "Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him." The point of asking is that you may get to know God better. "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding of God Himself."
Get to know God better and develop your friendship with God as this is the best week ever to do just that!