Oswald Chambers


We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.

Oswald Chambers (1874 - 1917) was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was educated in The Art School in South Kensington, the University of Edinburg, and in theology in Dunoon Training School, where he became a tutor in philosophy.  From 1906 to 1907, he engaged in a round-the-world preaching tour among Methodist and Holiness groups.

Chambers worked with the League of Prayer from 1907 to 1910, and was Principal of the League's Bible Training School from 1911 to 1915.  From 1915 to his death in 1917, he served among British soldiers in Egypt as a YMCA worker. His numerous books are mainly compilations of his messages--the most popular being My Utmost for His Highest.

The Reverend Oswald Chambers was an evangelist throughout the United Kingdom, America and Japan.  In 1915 he traveled to Egypt to work with the YMCA in Zeitoun ministering to soldiers there, and it was here that he suffered from an attack of appendicitis that ultimately took his life.  Biddy Chambers, Oswald’s wife, took meticulous notes on his various sermons and talks, and made the decision to have them published.  Her hard work allows us to experience the wisdom of this great man so many years after his death.

Oswald Chambers was a man unbridled by the world and its desires.  Some say he was one of the greatest Christian thinkers of our time.  He would say if any credit is given, let it go to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior.  Much like the apostle Paul, life for Oswald Chambers was but an open opportunity to glorify God.

Oswald Chambers Quotes:

We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.

The dearest friend on earth is a mere shadow compared to Jesus Christ.

When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.

When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.

Works of Oswald Chambers

My Upmost for His Highest

Daily Thoughts for Disciples

If You Wll Ask

Our Ultimate Rescue

Originally published January 31, 2007.

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