Inspiration from the Lives of a Godly Couple
Oswald and Biddy Chambers
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a devoted man of God who during his
short life inspired many with his Bible teaching, preaching, and personal ministry. He spent the last two or
three years of his life in Egypt to minister as chaplain to soldiers during World War I. Thousands had found
solace in his messages and turned to Christ.
After Oswald’s untimely death from appendicitis complications, his faithful widow,
Biddy, who recorded most of his lectures and presentations in shorthand, progressively retyped, edited and
published his words – both poetry and prose – in the form of articles and books. By the end of her life in 1966,
there were 50 books in Oswald’s name as well as a great number of smaller publications. These continue to be as
relevant as ever, giving many today inspiration, comfort and
The following reflections and tips for Christian living have been gleaned from a
biography of Oswald Chambers authored by David McCasland.
· “The one right thing is to be a believer in Jesus Christ.” Be that pre-eminently.
Live life in the light of eternal realities and praise God for the reality of unseen things and for the work he has
given you to do.”
· Keep mindful of the true Source of life – Jesus Christ. Our relationship with him
is a reminder that the best is yet to come.
· When uncertain what to do, remain where you are and allow God to providentially
shape your circumstances.
· Trust God and do the next thing. Refuse to
· Sometimes God’s will becomes clear through the haphazard circumstances of life.
(Oswald was nicknamed by some “the apostle of the haphazard”.)
· God often works in spontaneous but surprising ways. Even in the face of a
setback, wait to see what God will do next.
· Be in tune with God’s guidance and never keep an enterprise going just because it
is doing well if it is clear that God is leading elsewhere.
· Lay out each day like an amount of money and spend the hours for
· Stay true to Christ even in the face of overwhelming temptations – be absolutely
his, putting him first in everything. (Oswald loved and obeyed his Master without question above everything
· Even in horrible and incomprehensible situations, the loving compassion of Christ
can be seen – in peace, consolation and a sense of divine presence. The Bible encouragingly promises that God will
never fail or forsake us. Ultimately, all things – even tragedy – will work for God’s
· After Oswald’s untimely and unexpected death, which came as a shock and shattered
the faith of some who had been close to him, Biddy felt a connection and oneness with her beloved. Her life was
still intertwined with his. One of Oswald’s assistants saw him in a vision and was encouraged to go on in
· Go on praying and believing and we will find that God is doing wondrous things
all the time.
· With uncertain
future, there is first God’s plan to be lived and then we can safely leave everything to God, being “carefully
careless” about it all.
· “Do your work; don’t let your work cling to you. The latter impedes you, while
the former expresses you.”
· Oswald Chambers lived by the maxim of “give to all who ask.” Following his
example, many of the books that his widow published were given away for free with the intent being to help people
rather than to sell books. While busy with typing and editing, Biddy always put people first, serving in kindness
those who needed her time.
· Biddy believed in the power of the printed word – it was like casting bread upon
many waters. She saw her mission as spreading greater understanding of the Word of God and felt that many in the
future would return to it and be uplifted.
David McCasland, Oswald
Chambers: Abandoned to God. The Life Story of the Author of “My Utmost for His
Highest”, Discovery House Publishers, Michigan,
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