In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. —Proverbs 3:6
A century ago, 41-year-old Oswald Chambers arrived in Egypt to serve as a YMCA chaplain to British Commonwealth troops during World War I. He was assigned to a camp at Zeitoun, six miles north of Cairo. On his first night there, October 27, 1915, Chambers wrote in his diary, “This [area] is absolutely desert in the very heart of the troops and a glorious opportunity for men. It is all immensely unlike anything I have been used to, and I am watching with interest the new things God will do and engineer.”
Chambers believed and practiced the words of Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5-6 nkjv).
This is both a comfort and a challenge. There is security in knowing that the Lord will lead us each day, but we must not become so attached to our plans that we resist God’s redirection or His timing.
“We have no right to judge where we should be put, or to have preconceived notions as to what God is fitting us for,” said Chambers. “God engineers everything. Wherever He puts us, our one great aim is to pour out a whole-hearted devotion to Him in that particular work.” —David McCasland
Lord, may I love and serve You with all my heart where You have placed me today.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. —Matthew 6:20
Poorly installed electric wiring caused a fire that burned down our newly built home. The flames leveled our house within an hour, leaving nothing but rubble. Another time, we returned home from church one Sunday to find our house had been broken into and some of our possessions stolen.
In our imperfect world, loss of material wealth is all too common—vehicles are stolen or crashed, ships sink, buildings crumble, homes are flooded, and personal belongings are stolen. This makes Jesus’ admonition not to put our trust in earthly wealth very meaningful (Matt. 6:19).
Jesus told a story of a man who accumulated abundant treasures and decided to store up everything for himself (Luke 12:16-21). “Take life easy,” the man told himself; “eat, drink and be merry” (v. 19). But that night he lost everything, including his life. In conclusion, Jesus said, “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (v. 21).
Material wealth is temporary. Nothing lasts forever—except what our God enables us to do for others. Giving of our time and resources to spread the good news, visiting those who are lonely, and helping those in need are just some of the many ways to store up treasure in heaven (Matt. 6:20). —Lawrence Darmani
In what ways are you storing up treasures in heaven? How might you change and grow in this area of your life?
+ It has been decided that we will have a potluck dinner together this Tuesday (Oct. 27th, 2015) at the church from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with Bishop Eklamandos and Fr. Mikhail Fam, followed by Vesper and Bible Study from 7:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Bishop Eklamandos and Fr. Mikhail Fam would like to see you all. We would like you all to attend and have a chance to talk to both of them.
الانسان المتضع يشعر أنه لا يستحق شيئاً… لذلك فهو يشكر اللَّـه على كل شيء مهما كان قليلاً، ويفرح به، شاعراً فى عمق أعماقه أنه لا يستحقه … أما المتكبر، فإنه على عكس ذلك، يظن فى نفسه أنه يستحق أشياء كثيرة أكثر مما عنده فيتذمر على ما هو فيه