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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Price of Vision-Oswald Chambers

The Lord has really been teaching me a lot the past few weeks about friendship and reliance on him. As I did my devotions today I realized just how much I have been putting my relationships with others before my relationship with him.

Each day has its challenges and in the past few weeks I have experienced some gut wrenching emotions that have just brought me to my knees. Which is exactly where he wants me. So I am thankful that even though the last few weeks have been tough that it brought me to a place of realization that I need to start putting my relationship with him first.

My desire is for him to be my vision. This is so important to me as my little one begins to grow and she sees the relationships I form. My first and foremost relationship I want her to see is my relationship with Christ. I know little seeds are being planted.

I also pray that if my relationship with God is my vision that all other friendships/relationships surrounding will bring glory to him.

Please enjoy this wonderful devotion from Oswald Chambers for today.

The Price of the Vision-Oswald Chambers
Our soul’s personal history with God is often an account of the death of our heroes. Over and over again God has to remove our friends to put Himself in their place, and that is when we falter, fail, and become discouraged. Let me think about this personally— when the person died who represented for me all that God was, did I give up on everything in life? Did I become ill or disheartened? Or did I do as Isaiah did and see the Lord?
My vision of God is dependent upon the condition of my character. My character determines whether or not truth can even be revealed to me. Before I can say, “I saw the Lord,” there must be something in my character that conforms to the likeness of God. Until I am born again and really begin to see the kingdom of God, I only see from the perspective of my own biases. What I need is God’s surgical procedure— His use of external circumstances to bring about internal purification.
Your priorities must be God first, God second, and God third, until your life is continually face to face with God and no one else is taken into account whatsoever. Your prayer will then be, “In all the world there is no one but You, dear God; there is no one but You.”
Keep paying the price. Let God see that you are willing to live up to the vision.


  1. What's amazing is that when we do practice shifting our focus toward God (and it is a practice, I think), our hearts are opened up to others in a way we could never do alone. That love from God fills us up and we can't help but love and give of ourselves to others.

  2. Katie, I guess if it takes us hitting our knees to focus on Him, then we should be grateful, huh? I am struggling with you sister, for a very worthy cause. Thanks for the reminder.