There was another source of the joy of the Lord. He rejoiced in the will
of God. Will you consider that for a moment? What a joyful thing it is
not to be left alone in this world! What a joyful thing to know that one is
not the sport of circumstances nor of accident; not in a world where things
are suffered to take their course; not orphaned amidst all these destructive
forces that move in upon us, as children of God in this world; to know
in short, that over all there is the resistless will of God. Things are not
happening to the children of God. We are moving upon an appointed
course, and the joys and sorrows of our life are all appointed and portioned
out, moulding and shaping us for better things. We have our rejoicing,
You and I are not very important individuals; we are called to build the
tabernacle of character in the lowly walks of life, –we are not filling
very exalted stations. We are likely to be called upon to build just
along some dusty highway, where the great mass of men must walk
and suffer and serve, than to build it upon some heaven-kissed peak
where the whole world shall see it.
What does it matter, after all, for a few brief years, where we are or
what work we are engaged in, if only it be we are like Christ as we move
“Abba, Father,” says Dr. Scofield, “is the affectionate realization of
God’s fatherhood. And so one exclaims, in a flood of tenderness
and love, ‘Oh, Father!’ or, ‘Dear Father.’ This is said, of course, only
in the Spirit.
[He] points out, is what has been called “immediacy” —that is, that
nothing, not even prayer, is needed to bring the believer into the
presence of God. This is certainly the teaching of the New Testament
concerning the union with Christ which is true of all Christian believers.
Not nearness, but union. We are not with Christ, but in Christ; he is not
with us, but in us.
CONCERNING ANY WORK IN GOD’s WILL:
“The conscious purpose that Dr. Scofield had in doing this work comes
out in his characteristic statement: “If you’re going to do it, and do it for
God, there is only one way — not a smooth, easy way, but as unto the Lord.”
QUOTES FROM ‘IN MANY PULPITS’ [a paper by C.I. Scofield]
“He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, even as
he walked.” 1 John 2:6
“What is it “to abide” in Him. Many earnest souls have known much distress
just here. They have been told that “to abide” in Him means to be always
occupied with Him. Now I make bold to say, this is an unattainable
counsel of perfection.
We are in the world, and however sedulous [act of diligence & dedication]
we may be to keep the world out of us, we are charged with engrossing
duties calling for the utmost concentration of mind, heart and hand.
We cannot be in conscious constant occupation with Him. I do not so
understand that great word [“abiding”]..
For a moment think of that other phrase—“in Him.” What does that mean?
Ephesians explains it. “In Christ Jesus” is the sphere of the Christian life.
That is where grace has put him. We have not to concern ourselves about
getting that place: we are there. Now, what is “abiding in Him?” Why,
simply having nothing apart from Him, living in the sphere of the things which
interest Christ; bringing Him into the sphere of all our necessary occupations,
joys and innocent pleasures down here; having no business in which He is
not senior Partner; no wedding feast or other feast at which He is not chief
Guest, no failures which are not brought to Christ for forgiveness and cleansing.
What is John’s test of such a life? In degree, though not as perfectly, it
will be a walk even as He walked. It will lead along the same road; it will
encounter the same trials, enlist the same sympathies. “
“Knowing about God is one thing: knowing God is quite another. Job’s
confession illustrates this:
“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:” Job 42:5
and upon the hearing there had come to Job a true faith, a faith which
had withstood tremendous shocks. Well, we all begin there. Our saving
faith is based on testimony. But Job goes on:
“but now mine eye seeth thee.” Job 42:5
A very different matter. Are we then content to remain with a hearsay
knowledge of God? By no means. In the 17th chapter of John, our Lord
tells us that the ultimate end of the gift of eternal life is that we may know
Him. He is our Father, and can our hearts rest with anything short of that
personal knowledge of Him of which John speaks? At this point, John’s
test of spirituality is not to discourage a true knowledge of God, but to
expose a false assumption of such knowledge. What is the test?
“He that saith, I know him, and kept not his commandments, is a liar,”
1 John 2:4
It is not sinless obedience, but it is a heart set to live in the known will
of God. Such a one will have many a failure, but, though often stumbling,
he will keep on. The needle in the compass is often deflected by influences
about it— it trembles and is unquiet, but it resumes its steady alignment with
the object of its devotion. Now a life aligned to the will of God, is in the way
to know God. It is not an arbitrary requirement. In no other way, to
no other man, can God reveal Himself. Paul’s prayer for the Colossians
runs along that road:
“That ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding; ….increasing in the knowledge of God; “ Col. 1:9-10