This is another excerpt for Oswald Chambers’ book “My Utmost For His Highest” and is from his entry of January 22nd (please reference the Post by the name of this book for FREE access to his daily devotionals.).
This particular entry actually falls perfectly in line with Brother Lawrence’s approach of ‘Practicing the Presence of God’ (please see the Post by this same title).
Emphasis throughout will be mine and here goes:
“Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere.
The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is, in effect – narrow all your interests until the attitude of heart and mind and body is CONCENTRATION on Jesus Christ.
The very thing we look for, we shall find IF WE WILL CONCENTRATE ON Him.
The difficulties and trails – the casting about in our minds as to what we will do this summer, or tomorrow, will vanish IF WE LOOK TO God.
Rouse yourself up and LOOK TO God. BUILD YOUR HOPE ON Him. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and LOOK TO Him. “LOOK UNTO Me” (Isaiah 45:22), and SALVATION IS, THE MOMENT YOU LOOK.”
End of excerpts. (Isaiah 45:22) is an addition by me.
Of course, he does not mean we should shirk our important “hundred and one” responsibilities, but rather, if we CONCENTRATE on our Father and Jesus MOMENT BY MOMENT, these important responsibilities will find a way to properly take care of themselves….and we will be at PEACE and in JOY as we carry them out. Brother Lawrence also found this to be true and it was his way of life.
This approach does not come easy, nor overnight, and we must be ever diligent to reach this plateau in our Spiritual walk….even Brother Lawrence wrote that it was difficult at first, but then, IT BECAME SECOND NATURE to him!!
As a side note, an example of the quotation above concerning “His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere”, King David is the perfect illustration. God had blessed him tremendously and he had certainly ‘reached the top’. But then, life got too easy and we know what happened with the Bathsheba incident. Please reference the Post “David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy” for more comments on this.