Friday, January 1, 2010

My Utmost for His Highest

One of my favorite devotionals is My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. After a couple of years away, I am going to renew my reading of it this year for fresh insights into God's Word each day. Though in print since 1927, Chambers' message is very contemporary. For a daily message from My Utmost for His Highest, scroll to the widget in the left column and click on the titles under "Recent Posts".

Oswald Chambers Story
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen.

In 1911 he founded and became principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered to troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.

Although Oswald Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.

My Utmost For His Highest, his best-known book, has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian classic.

1 comment:

Maxine said...

Thanks for this insight into the life of this great Christian, Laurie. You know, I have never read these devotionals all the way through. Perhaps you've prodded me to read them more this year. I think I will. Thanks again!