When the “Odds” Don’t Matter!
December 11, 2008
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Oswald, born in 1874, turned his life over to Christ as a teenager under the ministry of the great Charles Spurgeon. He would later marry a court stenographer named Gertrude. Oswald spent his short life speaking and teaching about God. He died in 1917 at the age of 43 with complications after an appendectomy. He and Gertrude had been married only seven years.
Oswald managed to write one book during his relatively short lifetime but more than thirty titles have been published under his name. His wife, Gertrude, with her stenography skills, was able to take down his speeches and teachings in shorthand. After his death she spent the next fifty-plus years sharing her husband’s words with the world. The best known of his books? My Utmost for His Highest. This Christian classic by Oswald Chambers has been in print continuously since 1935 when it was first published and consistently ranks on the the top ten bestseller list, even today. I’ve read this year-long daily devotional through several times and am doing so again this year.
It could have been seen as a tremendous tragedy that such a great Christian died so young. But then there’s the fact that he married a stenographer who was able to accurately write down all he said. What are the odds that Oswald would marry a court stenographer? It doesn’t matter what the odds were! God doesn’t worry about odds!
When children act out a Christmas pageant of the Nativity story the adult coordinators have a time of it getting the shepherds, wise men and other characters to the right place at the right time. Not so with God. A great Roman empire, an evil puppet king, a national census – when the time was ripe it all came together according to God’s plan. “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman…”(Galatians 4:4)
Sometimes our lives seem to be out of control. Interruptions, unforeseen situations, the stupidity of someone’s actions, our own blunders, and the seemingly random happening of events make life far from predictable, let alone manageable. Rest assured, God is still on His throne! When we seek to be open to Him with a cooperative spirit it’s amazing how He can make sense out of what seems to be senseless!