“My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.” ~ Oswald Chambers.
Over twenty five years ago, a dear friend gave me my first copy of “My Utmost for His Highest” devotional. Since then, I’ve been through three copies and given away countless other copies. I often need to read it two or more times to ‘get it’….to really understand the depth of what he’s sharing. I was reading this a.m. and love the above quote.
“My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.” ~ Oswald Chambers. But isn’t it amazing how joy and peace are often the outcome of the pursuit of God? “Seek ye first”….THEN…all of these things will be added unto you.” When the pursuit is joy or peace or any other good thing, the focus becomes self-centered. My joy. My peace. My pursuit of what is good for me or those around me. Then comes the discontent if it’s not there, the self-focused disappointment of things not being as we think they “should”. The weight of responsibility weighs on me…and I forget to be thankful for things that are right in front of me.
When the pursuit is God, and knowing Him, well, the joy and peace and hope all seem to be residual effects of being in His Presence. And my perspective is different. I’m THANKful for the joy and hope and peace instead of assuming that it is mine for the taking. They are seen as gifts….gifts of the Spirit? Yes, gifts of the Spirit. Choosing joy? Choosing peace? Yes, those are good choices and a whole other subject. But in my view there’s such a difference between a pursuit and a choice. Today am choosing to pursue God and be thankful that He is the Giver of good gifts!
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. ” Galatians 5:22-23
Just a few thoughts for the morning!