A Sunday morning thought from Oswald Chambers in the daily meditation entitled, The Call of the Natural Life, basing it on Galatians 1:15-16:
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”
He says, ”The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call…”, which is to reveal His Son in me.
Something to ponder very carefully and prayerfully.
It’s beautiful how Chambers clarifies things: he speaks here of contact with the nature of God, NOT contact with the God of nature – that “force” thing. Two different entities entirely: one the Creator of all that is; the other deceptively calls itself All That Is, and asserts in the minds of many that it is God. The last thing the latter wants is for the Son to be revealed in us, Christ in us the hope of glory, through regeneration by the Holy Spirit!
Something many do not comprehend, sadly, even among Christians. Why? Because the idea of this “force” concept has infiltrated the minds in the churches, and has put many to sleep.
Consider well. Did not Jesus, when teaching His disciples to pray, instruct us to pray – as the final “petition”, “…deliver us from the evil one”? The last word, so to speak! A great part of that also means praying for the gift of spiritual discernment with Scripture open. Ceaselessly! Especially in these times.
Clearly it’s not a matter of “The force be with you”, but rather recognizing that “the force bewitched you” in a lot of cases. At the very least we need to be able to distinguish between God our Father and His plan for us, and that which the Bible calls the god of this world who blinds the eyes of many toward the truth, and who masquerades as many things – even the created universe itself.