Bleating. Blogging + Cheating………bleating. A new web-term coined right here, you heard it first on this blog. Not really a true blog today but one borrowed from Mr Oswald Chambers great devotional ‘My Utmost for His Highest’……


And all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished … And they understood none of these things.” – Luke 18:31,34

God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death; He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s. But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.

There comes the baffling call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be stated explicitly; it is implicit. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what He is after. The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is working out His purposes. If we are in communion with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what His purposes are. As we go on in the Christian life it gets simpler, because we are less inclined to say – Now why did God allow this and that? Behind the whole thing lies the compelling of God. “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends.”A Christian is one who trusts the wits and the wisdom of God, and not his own wits. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the leisureliness which ought to characterize the children of God.


5 Responses to Bleating…

  1. Chris Negron says:

    Fantastic! I remember one of the themes touched on at the Men’s Conference here in Chicago was exactly that! Success measured by God, and by man. For a while I admit, I questioned why certian things didn’t happen the way I thought they would of in recent years. A strong sense of failure just hovered over my heart and my mind. That is until I was reminded that God is working out his purposes in my life even when it doesn’t seem like it. What may have been a failure in my estimation may have been a resounding success in God’s. Apreciate the post Dave! – Chris Negron

    P.S. Email or give me a call!

  2. Joe James says:

    I’m sure that you would agree with this:
    I cannot accept your statement that Jesus’ life was a failure from every standpoint except God’s.

    I do agree that the Cross would seemingly look like a failure from man’s point of view. That is true according to scripture because we are told that the teaching of the cross is ‘Foolishness’.

    I believe that Jesus was massively successful and influential. His reputation always preceeded him. Crowds always flocked to hear him preach. Everyone he prayed for got healed or their life changed. People loved him and he affected everyone he came into contact with.
    Also he was able to provide for 12 disciples and their families (those who had families). These are classic examples that what he preached worked. And people knew that.

    I think I understand the sentiment of what you said but I don’t believe that it can be proved scriptually.

    Apart from that statement, good post.


  3. Dave says:

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the comment. I know exactly where you are coming from and I also see where Mr Oswald-Chambers was coming from – the cross was and is foolishness to all who don’t understand and, to those same onlookers, it must have seemed a rather sad and sudden end to such an influential and successful person as Jesus was.

    But like I said, I was bleating and simply quoting Mr Chambers so no offence taken and after all, blogging is all about discussion and debate. Thanks for reading and writing.

    God bless you massively in beautiful Brecon and beyond!


  4. Joe James says:

    Cheers mate.

    I was trying to find your e-mail but don’t seem to have it.

    I wanted you to let Zoe know that she was part of a miracle today. Bethany and I popped along to ANC today and we asked her to pass a message onto someone. Zoe called us back and passed on an ‘awkward message’ (her words). Please let her know that the ‘awkward message’ was actually a powerful confirmation to us. Even though she felt a bit funny please tell her that she did great. We will let you know the outcome of that message in time.

    love you both,
    Joe & Bethany

  5. Matthew says:

    Dave, you may have invented the term, but not the concept! Let’s see how long it takes to get into Wikipedia!

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