The first time Peter followed Jesus, he did not have the Holy Spirit. He followed because Jesus asked, and he was awesome, and Peter’s human instincts kicked in. I know how that feels. Greatness is attractive.
There are many human-powered ways to move through life. And I love to “have a plan and work the plan.” But without the Lord directing my steps through daily attention to the Holy Spirit, I can never be a true disciple. I can’t love the people around me well, and I’ll never find peace in the midst of my striving.
A man’s heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Over the last 15+ years, I’ve opened My Utmost for His Highest more than I’ve opened my own Bible. It has always provided rich, daily refreshment and conviction, full of grace and yet full of holy fear of the Lord. And best of all, it always points to Scripture, so even if I didn’t start with the Word, I often end there.
I started fresh again on January 1. Though the words are familiar after all these years, still the Holy Spirit never ceases to use the thoughts of Oswald Chambers to point me to Himself. I decided to take distilled notes this week and share them on the blog as a part of my daily ritual. I hope it is of some benefit to others, because I already know it will benefit me.
That said, if you’re interested in hearing more, post a comment and let me know!