“The one thing for which we are all being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God.”
Initially it seemed weird that Chambers said other “saints” can never perturb. Why saints there? Wouldn’t it just be people? Shouldn’t it be the evil nasty heathen scum of the world can’t perturb?
I think what he was driving at is that many saints are really not helpful when it comes to knowing God.
Often they share their experiences and assume you are doing faith wrong if you don’t have the same experiences. They will bash your pathetic experience and judge you mercilessly.
Many can’t stop talking about themselves, making you feel inadequate or superior based on their endless blather about themselves.
Many can’t bear to let you believe what you do, they must fix you, and usually in their mind, truly save you.
But the person built on God has his mind on Christ, nothing else really matters.
The faithful of Israel did their thing in the OT regardless of how the people of Israel agreed or helped.
As much as Christianity needs the Church, and as much as the Church is a unification of many members, there is a solitariness in faith.
You and God.
You must learn to be comfortable there. To have the confidence that, yeah, I may not be right in everything at the moment, but Christ by His Spirit is working in me to build me into Christ. Don’t mess with me!
In our growth in faith, God needs to isolate us. He needs to get us to be real about who we are, not about who our family is, or who our church is, or anything else.
He’ll smash that to bits to get you alone and make sure you are pursuing Him and not your group identity. If that has never happened to you, be careful.
Noah lost all signs of previous life.
Abram gave up his home and family.
Moses gave up his entire youth and position in life.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family.
Daniel and most prophets were rejected by their nation.
Jesus came unto his own and his own received him not.
Paul counted his whole past dung.
Peter had to learn his group wasn’t the only group.
The Bible is filled with this concept. It’s what Hebrews 11, the great chapter of faith, is all about. You really can’t make the case that you have faith til you’re on your own, solely depending on God when the test of your faith will reveal the reality of your faith claim.