The Initiative Against Despair – Oswald Chambers



Oswald Chambers (July 24, 1874 – November 15, 1917) was an early-twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional “My Utmost for His Highest.” Even as a teenager, Chambers was noted for his deep spirituality, and he participated in the evangelization of poor occupants of local lodging houses. At the same time, Chambers also demonstrated gifts in both music and art. While at Edinburgh, he felt called to ministry, and he left for Dunoon College, a small theological training school near Glasgow, founded by the Rev. Duncan MacGregor. Chambers was soon teaching classes at the school and took over much of the administration when MacGregor was injured in 1898.

Matthew 26:46, “Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

The disciples went to sleep when they should have kept awake, and when they realized what they had done it produced despair.

The sense of the irreparable is apt to make us despair, and we say – “It is all up now, it is no use trying any more.”

If we imagine that this kind of despair is exceptional, we are mistaken, it is a very ordinary human experience. Whenever we realize that we have not done that which we had a magnificent opportunity of doing, then we are apt to sink into despair, and Jesus Christ comes and says – “Sleep on now, that opportunity is lost for ever, you cannot alter it, but arise and go to the next thing.”

Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him.

There are experiences like this in each of our lives. We are in despair, the despair that comes from actualities, and we cannot lift ourselves out of it.

The disciples in this instance had done a downright unforgivable thing; they had gone to sleep instead of watching with Jesus, but He came with a spiritual initiative against their despair and said – “Arise and do the next thing.”

If we are inspired of God, what is the next thing? To trust Him absolutely and to pray on the ground of His Redemption.

Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action.

Oswald Chambers Website: https://ocpal.ourdailybread.org/bio/
Oswald Chambers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyUtmostForHisHighest/
Oswald Chambers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oswaldchambersbible/

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 47+ years and a young yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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2 Responses to The Initiative Against Despair – Oswald Chambers

  1. I was recently encouraged by this statement:
    “God has a plan, and there is nothing you can do or not do that will mess it up – you are NOT that powerful.”
    True. So hopelessness is a waste of time. 😉

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