Thursday, February 11, 2010

Is Your Imagination of God Starved?

In case you don't know, I am a huge fan of the devotional book "My Utmost for His Highest". The name itself is inspirational! Every now and then I post excerpts of Oswald Chambers' inspired writings. You might say that I'm letting him "guest-post". The fact that he died 93 years ago makes no difference.


So here is yesterday's devotional, which I read this morning while standing out by our pond. It was about 28 degrees and I was bundled up from head to foot, the pond was covered here and there by thin sheets of ice. Birds twittered and fluttered in the trees overhead, and I felt so inspired, I just had to share this with you. I've always felt that imagination is one of God's greatest gifts, Oswald has just confirmed that for me!


Is Your Imagination of God Starved?
“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things.”
-Isaiah 40:26



The people of God in Isaiah's day had starved their imagination by looking on the face of idols, and Isaiah made them look up at the heavens, that is, he made them begin to use their imagination aright. Nature to a saint is sacramental. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in Nature. In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realize it.


The test of spiritual concentration is bringing the imagination into captivity. Is your imagination looking on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Your work? Your conception of what a worker should be? Your experience of salvation and sanctification? Then your imagination of God is starved, and when you are up against difficulties you have no power, you can only endure in darkness. If your imagination is starved, do not look back to your own experience; it is God Whom you need. Go right out of yourself, away from the face of your idols, away from everything that has been starving your imagination. Rouse yourself, take the gibe that Isaiah gave the people, and deliberately turn your imagination to God.


One of the reasons of stultification in prayer is that there is no imagination, no power of putting ourselves deliberately before God. We have to learn how to be broken bread and poured out wine on the line of intercession more than on the line of personal contact. Imagination is the power God gives a saint to posit himself out of himself into relationships he never was in.



  

2 comments:

  1. Dear Miss Abby Rogers,

    How are you so sure that there is a god at all? Have you ever thought about this? If so, what are your arguments for the existance of God? I'm sure your parents have taught you some of these?

    How do you explain that there is so much suffering in the world yet God is supposed to be omnibenevolent, omnipotent and omniscient? How do you explain the inconsistencies in the Bible?

    Let me know,
    Ella De'Ville

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  2. Dear Ella,

    Thank you for asking these questions! You've just challenged me to articulate my beliefs and the reasons for them, and so in your honor I will begin a series of blog posts doing just that. Look for them in the coming weeks!

    Thanks again,
    Abby

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