Oswald Chambers: Stayed on God or Starved?

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You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3

“Is your mind stayed on God or is it starved? Starvation of the mind, caused by neglect, is one of the chief sources of exhaustion and weakness in a servant’s life. If you have never used your mind to place yourself before God, begin to do it now. There is no reason to wait for God to come to you. You must turn your thoughts and your eyes away from the face of idols and look to Him and be saved (see Isaiah 45:22).

Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together.

When you have thoughts and ideas that are worthy of credit to God, learn to compare and associate them with all that happens in nature— the rising and the setting of the sun, the shining of the moon and the stars, and the changing of the seasons. You will begin to see that your thoughts are from God as well, and your mind will no longer be at the mercy of your impulsive thinking, but will always be used in service to God.

“We have sinned with our fathers…[and]…did not remember…” (Psalm 106:6-7). Then prod your memory and wake up immediately. Don’t say to yourself, “But God is not talking to me right now.” He ought to be. Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Encourage yourself to remember, and your affection for God will increase tenfold. Your mind will no longer be starved, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”

Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest reading entitled “Is Your Mind Stayed on God?” for 11 February.

For the next week or two, I have decided to revisit my word for the year: remember. I feel this is fitting for a season of thanksgiving, especially when I am praying for God’s provision for GTP to add staff.

Let me elaborate on what I think pastors and ministry workers around the world need to remember to be stayed and not starved. God is our faithful Provider. We find peace in that reality. And if we don’t we grow weary. It happens to me.

In real-time, two major groups have offered to fund half of the cost of two new GTP program staff. What a gift from God! And while we have a Giving Tuesday effort to get the remaining funds, I am reminding myself to trust God to supply.

Perhaps you can relate? You have so much work to do, and you have real needs, by you can lose the battle in your mind. So what should you do? Wake up and remember whose you are and whom you serve.

When you do this, Chambers adds, that you will be “quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.” So, to bring hope to others in this season of Thanksgiving, minister humbly and keep your mind stayed on God.