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Sunday, February 26, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Inferior Misgivings About Jesus"

February 26, 2012

Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with.
John 4:11
"I am impressed with the wonder of what God says, but He cannot
expect me really to live it out in the details of my life!" When it
comes to facing Jesus Christ on His own merits, our attitude is one
of pious superiority - Your ideals are high and they impress us, but
in touch with actual things, it cannot be done. Each of us thinks
about Jesus in this way in some particular. These misgivings about
Jesus start from the amused questions put to us when we talk of our
transactions with God - Where are you going to get your money from?
How are you going to be looked after? Or they start from ourselves
when we tell Jesus that our case is a bit too hard for Him. It is all
very well to say "Trust in the Lord," but a man must live, and Jesus
has nothing to draw with - nothing whereby to give us these things.
Beware of the pious fraud in you which says - I have no misgivings
about Jesus, only about myself. None of us ever had misgivings about
ourselves; we know exactly what we cannot do, but we do have
misgivings about Jesus. We are rather hurt at the idea that He can do
what we cannot.
My misgivings arise from the fact that I ransack my own person to
find out how He will he able to do it. My questions spring from the
depths of my own inferiority. If I detect these misgivings in myself,
let me bring them to the light and confess them - "Lord, I have had
misgivings about Thee, I have not believed in Thy wits apart from my
own; I have not believed in Thine almighty power apart from my finite
understanding of it."

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