Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

I love My Utmost for His Highest.  Oswald Chambers really has a way with words.  A real entry will be coming soon, but for now, I want to share today’s reading, because it’s really ministering to me.

Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow
. . . what shall I say? ’Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. ’Father, glorify Your name’ —John 12:27-28

As a saint of God, my attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow. Our Lord received Himself, accepting His position and realizing His purpose, in the midst of the fire of sorrow. He was saved not from the hour, but out of the hour.

We say that there ought to be no sorrow, but there is sorrow, and we have to accept and receive ourselves in its fires. If we try to evade sorrow, refusing to deal with it, we are foolish. Sorrow is one of the biggest facts in life, and there is no use in saying it should not be. Sin, sorrow, and suffering are, and it is not for us to say that God has made a mistake in allowing them.

Sorrow removes a great deal of a person’s shallowness, but it does not always make that person better. Suffering either gives me to myself or it destroys me. You cannot find or receive yourself through success, because you lose your head over pride. And you cannot receive yourself through the monotony of your daily life, because you give in to complaining. The only way to find yourself is in the fires of sorrow. Why it should be this way is immaterial. The fact is that it is true in the Scriptures and in human experience. You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away. If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.


5 thoughts on “Receiving Yourself in the Fires of Sorrow

  1. Well, I’m certainly convected…

    Excellent post sweetheart. I’m praying for you, for I believe that when He has tried you, you will come forth as gold (Job 23:10)…

  2. “If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people.”

    Rachel, I am so thrilled that you have put pen to paper, even though it’s not yet a full article. But you saying something new is on its way is an answer to prayer!

    There is a ton to consider in that devotional and I thought of you when I came to the portion I referenced. Your dad hit it spot on! God bless!!

  3. Great site! Great insight! Check out “Hast thou no scar?” by Amy Carmichael (missionary to India)
    Everyone of us has scars. Nothing to be ashamed about.
    The Browns in Shawnee love you much!
    Steve (poppapump67)

  4. Beautifully written – thank you for the reminder that ours is a God that doesn’t promise we won’t suffer but that he will be beside us when we do.

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