The day after I posted my last comment I was so encouraged to see that my reading that day would support the thoughts of the previuos day. I love how God does makes things clear! I think for me…that if it is something that He wants me to pay attention to…He will show me from more than one angle. That is what happened as I read the next day.
I think that conversation around what sanctification is and how it is achieved has been a topic for discussion and debate for longer than I know. So it is somewhat crazy that I would begin to enter my thoughts here knowing there are numerous great authors and scholars who have gone before me with thier thoughts and conclusions. With all due respect to those great authors who speak volumes to me, I enter the scene with thoughts that are very simple, desiring to understand what sanctification looks like in my life…in my daily relationship with a Holy God.
With that said, I am excited to share with you how Andrew Murray sharpened me this week in agreement I think with Oswald Chambers. Murray is talking about “Stillness of Soul”. He references the following scriptures:
Isaiah 30:15 ~ In returning and rest shall ye be saved. In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. (KJV)
Psalm 37:7 ~ Be silent to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. (KJV)
Psalm 62:1 ~ Truly my soul waits, silently upon God. (KJV)
As I began to read about stillness of soul, Murray shares his view. He says “As Jesus was entirely dependent on the Father for all His works, so the believer can do nothing of himself. What he can do of himeself is altogether sinful. He must therefore cease from self-effort, faith assures him that God does what He has undertaken to , and works in him. And what God does is to renew, to sanctify, and to waken all his energies to their highest power. So that just in the proportion that he yields himself a truly passive instrument in the hand of God, will he be weilded of God as the instrument of His almighty power” (Murray, Andrew, Andrew Murray on Prayer, 1998, Whitaker House, p. 87).
This encourages me! I can strive all that I want to lead a holy life before God – but the real work is done in my being still. I have been really trying to learn about stillness over the last several months. There seems to be an art to it. I believe that it is a learned posture. The only way that I can continue to learn is to continue to position myself before the Lord quietly. Now there is word that we could talk about – quiet – more on that another day. I am practicing being quiet in an attempt to know my Lord better – more intimately.
I think Murray and Chambers are saying that it is in this quietness before the Lord that He makes us holy…sanctifies us. Sure…I long to make choices that bring glory to the Lord. But the choice in and of itself does not sanctify me. It is the hearts posture before the Lord that I think makes it possible for Him to do His work in me.
Today I will sit with this.