The August 10th entry in Oswald Chamberâ€™s My Utmost For His Highest is a commentary on 1 Peter 4:19, a difficult verse to read, understand, and live: â€œLet those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing goodâ€¦â€
Chambers says, â€œChoosing to suffer means that there must be something wrong with you, but choosing Godâ€™s willâ€”even if it means you will sufferâ€”is something very different. No normal, healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he simply chooses Godâ€™s will, just as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or notâ€¦ (Jesus) refused the sympathy of people because in His great wisdom He knew that no one on earth understood His purposeâ€¦ Look at Godâ€™s incredible waste of His saints, according to the worldâ€™s judgment. God seems to plant His saints in the most useless placesâ€¦ Yet Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use.â€
We can no longer entertain ideas and theologies that donâ€™t make room for Godâ€™s freedom. We can no longer flirt with triumphalistic notions of faith. They are just escapisms in religious garments.