By Oswald Chambers
Not being reconciled to the fact of sin—not recognizing it and refusing to deal with it—produces all the disasters in life. You may talk about the lofty virtues of human nature, but there is something in human nature that will mockingly laugh in the face of every principle you have.
If you refuse to agree with the fact that there is wickedness and selfishness, something downright hateful and wrong, in human beings, when it attacks your life, instead of reconciling yourself to it, you will compromise with it and say that it is of no use to battle against it.
Have you taken this “hour, and the power of darkness” into account, or do you have a view of yourself which includes no recognition of sin whatsoever?
In your human relationships and friendships, have you reconciled yourself to the fact of sin?
If not, just around the next corner you will find yourself trapped and you will compromise with it.
But if you will reconcile yourself to the fact of sin, you will realize the danger immediately and say, “Yes, I see what this sin would mean.” The recognition of sin does not destroy the basis of friendship—it simply establishes a mutual respect for the fact that the basis of sinful life is disastrous. Always beware of any assessment of life which does not recognize the fact that there is sin.
Jesus Christ never trusted human nature, yet He was never cynical nor suspicious, because He had absolute trust in what He could do for human nature. The pure man or woman is the one who is shielded from harm, not the innocent person.
The so-called innocent man or woman is never safe. Men and women have no business trying to be innocent; God demands that they be pure and virtuous. Innocence is the characteristic of a child. Any person is deserving of blame if he is unwilling to reconcile himself to the fact of sin.
Oswald Chambers’ wife Gertrude Hobbs was gifted in Pitman shorthand and could take dictation at the phenomenal rate of 250 words per minute – faster than most people talk!
After Oswald’s death, from shorthand notes of Oswald’s classes, sermons and lectures Mrs Chambers transcribed and published books and articles. Most successful of the thirty books was My Utmost for His Highest a daily devotional composed of 365 selections of Chamber’s talks, each of about 500 words. The work has never been out of print and has been translated into 39 languages. Biddy died in 1966, knowing that she had fulfilled the ministry which God has entrusted to her.
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Taken form "My Utmost for His Highest"http://utmost.org/: An Updated Edition in Today's Language. by Oswald chambers (June 24)