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Recall What God Remembers–Oswald Chambers

by Kelly Crawford
Thus says the Lord: ’I remember . . . the kindness of your youth . . .” —Jeremiah 2:2

“Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Does everything in my life fill His heart with gladness, or do I constantly complain because things don’t seem to be going my way? A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy. It is wonderful to remember that Jesus Christ has needs which we can meet— “Give Me a drink” (John 4:7). How much kindness have I shown Him in the past week? Has my life been a good reflection on His reputation?

God is saying to His people, “You are not in love with Me now, but I remember a time when you were.” He says, “I remember . . . the love of your betrothal . . .” (Jeremiah 2:2). Am I as filled to overflowing with love for Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He ever find me pondering the time when I cared only for Him? Is that where I am now, or have I chosen man’s wisdom over true love for Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me? Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?

As I recall what God remembers about me, I may also begin to realize that He is not what He used to be to me. When this happens, I should allow the shame and humiliation it creates in my life, because it will bring godly sorrow, and “godly sorrow produces repentance . . .” (2 Corinthians 7:10).

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8 comments

Lucy T January 21, 2010 - 11:10 am

Kelly, such a wonderful moving post. often I pray God help me love you more. I know I can never love him properly or enough but oh how I long to love him above all else always.

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Kelly L January 21, 2010 - 11:33 am

Beautiful. I want Him to always be tho one I am passionately in love with. One way to tell: Who/what holds the most time when you talk. What do you love to talk about the most? My husband says this: What do bankers like to talk about? Money What do golfers like to talk about? Golf What do Christians like to talk about? Money and golf. Out of the abundance of man’s heart his mouth speaks. Praise Him to anyone with ears, whether they be believers or not, He is worthy!

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Heather January 21, 2010 - 3:32 pm

Thank you!

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Taunya January 21, 2010 - 4:21 pm

Kelly I read this today as part of my quiet time. Great post!

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Sarah January 22, 2010 - 11:04 am

Very meaty and challenging. Thank you for sharing!

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Kim M January 22, 2010 - 11:48 am

“Am I so in love with Him that I take no thought for where He might lead me?”

Once we get to this point, we are truly trusting Him.

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Word Warrior January 22, 2010 - 12:09 pm

Kim,

That was my favorite line.

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Kim M January 22, 2010 - 3:12 pm

“Or am I watching to see how much respect I get as I measure how much service I should give Him?”

Yes!

The boys and I have been reading about King Saul.

http://kingjbible.com/1_samuel/15.htm

Remember the verses about obedience? (v.22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

“To obey is better than sacrifice”.
Those words have such impact. What implications does that have for the Christian? If we think pragmatically about everything instead of simple, child-like obedience, then what was it Samuel said:

I Samuel 15:23
FOR REBELLION IS AS THE SIN OF WITCHCRAFT, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Wow! Chew on that for awhile! Saul thought he was doing the right thing because his ends justified his means. He, pragmatically speaking, was doing a good thing because he was sacrificing to the Lord. But in that sacrificing, he was being disobedient!

Search me O God! What area of my life am I being disobedient?!

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