• Brad Riley

Fridays With Oswald: The Almighty Christ

Thoughts from February 27 in, “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers.

Call me crazy but I love the season of Lent; I do. Let me tell you why. It’s not because I love to fast. Actually, I love to eat! In fact, my love affair with food goes deep in many directions, beyond just eating. I love the creative pursuit of trying to create food that not only tastes great but is beautiful and exotic to look at.

So, when Lent calls me to the practice of fasting and self-denial, I don’t run to it naturally. However, I am strangely drawn to it. I am drawn to the idea that I can discover more about my true self and what keeps me from being all God wants me to be, by increasing my time spent in prayer, fasting, and giving.

I am also drawn to the calling of Lent to go deeper in the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will always take us deeper than we ever imagined we could go.

This year, the week of Ash Wednesday, which is the traditional beginning of Lent, began with Oswald Chambers’ devotion for February 27. In it, Oswald calls us to recognize the deep wells we all have within us – wells that often hold deep hurts. We try to reach the bottom of them, but we cannot. Then we often project that difficulty on to Jesus. We say, “Lord, the well is too deep, and even You can’t draw up quietness and comfort out of it.”

When we do such things, we are weakening and impoverishing the ministry of Jesus to us. We forget that He is ‘almighty’. Is there anything Christ cannot do? Of course not, yet we live as if there is. We are quick to run to Jesus as the One who will sympathize with us and comfort us. But we often fail to embrace Him as the ‘Almighty One’.

We must recognize that, “…the impoverishment is in us, not in Him.”

As you begin this Lenten journey, what do you want God to do for you. Are them some deep wells of hidden hurt or shame that are keeping you from being all that you know Christ is calling you to be? If so, call on the name of the Almighty God, Jesus the Christ. Listen for Him this Lent as he speaks to you in your times of prayer and fasting. Whatever your need, He is able, and He will do it.

Shalom for a Holy Lent,

Pastor Brad

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