Rise and Shine
February 19, 2021, 7:00 AM


This morning I was thinking about the inertia of the pandemic and how Satan and even the political opposition will take advantage of it. That led me to the inertia of my age. Then the inertia of my health and then the inertia of procrastination.  And so on.

I know that what God says and repeatedly in his word.   I know that God expects, no demands that I apply those teachings and directions.   Even so, it is good to be reminded from time to time. 

Oswald says it well this morning and very timely.

And I thought "Rise and Shine" was a phrase my father brought home from the US Navy.

Grace and Blessings

February 19.
Taking the Initiative Against Drudgery

"Arise, shine... " (Isaiah 60:1).

When it comes to taking the initiative against drudgery, we have to take the first step as though there were no God. There is no point in waiting for God to help us—He will not. But once we arise, immediately we find He is there. Whenever God gives us His inspiration, suddenly taking the initiative becomes a moral issue—a matter of obedience. Then we must act to be obedient and not continue to lie down doing nothing. If we will arise and shine, drudgery will be divinely transformed.

Drudgery is one of the finest tests to determine the genuineness of our character. Drudgery is work that is far removed from anything we think of as ideal work. It is the utterly hard, menial, tiresome, and dirty work. And when we experience it, our spirituality is instantly tested and we will know whether or not we are spiritually genuine. Read John 13. In this chapter, we see the Incarnate God performing the greatest example of drudgery—washing fishermen's feet. He then says to them, "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet" (John 13:14). The inspiration of God is required if drudgery is to shine with the light of God upon it. In some cases the way a person does a task makes that work sanctified and holy forever. It may be a very common everyday task, but after we have seen it done, it becomes different. When the Lord does something through us, He always transforms it. Our Lord takes our human flesh and transforms it, and now every believer's body has become "the temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today's Language, ed. James Reimann, Revised ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1992), 


02-19-2021 at 9:29 AM
Tom Renaud
I read the same passage this morning. Very bracing-- and timely for me!
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