Oswald Chambers on Pain

“Before God can use a man greatly he must wound him deeply.” Oswald Chambers

That’s an uncomfortable thought, especially given the amount of time I (and perhaps you too) have prayed that God would use us in a mighty way. But come to think of it, those prayers that I have prayed have been mixed in with pride and self-congratulations. I want to be used by God not only for His great reputation, but also for my great pride. I want to leave my mark on the world not only for His glory but for mine.

Perhaps this is one reason why Chambers hits the nail on the head. Few are the human beings who can give themselves fully to the purposes of God. Even when we think we are, many times our pride is lurking right behind our best intentions. But when you get wounded? Deeply? The Lord brings you to a point of desperation and dependence. You realize your utter frailty and are refocused on what matters.

Pain is often the avenue to greatness in the eyes of God.

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  • A says:

    Great post. Too often we focus on the “woe is me” aspect of the pain (which also speaks to our pride) rather than the “what does God have planned for me” part of it. It’s a challenge to shift that behavior but such a blessing when we do. Thanks for the great quote and challenging thought.

    I found your site a while back and have enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your faith with such thoughtfulness and candor.

  • Michael K. says:

    Glad to hear your take, A – thanks for reading.

  • Cody says:

    Great post. I want God to use me mightily, but behind that is a large desire to be remembered. May the Lord humble us.

  • J. Brad says:

    In Morning by Morning on February 12, Spurgeon, said, “Great hearts can only be made by great troubles.”

  • Michael K. says:

    Attaway to come strong with Spurgeon, Brad. Well done.

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