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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oswald Smith

Micah 6:15 (New International Version) 
You will plant but not harvest;
   you will press olives but not use the oil,
   you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.

Oswald Smith was born in 1899 in Erneston, Ontario, Canada. He came to Christ when he was seven and he attended Toronto Bible College and McCormick Theological Seminary. In 1916, he became the pastor of Dale Presbyterian Church in Toronto. In 1920, Oswald had the desire to become a missionary. As he stood before the missionary board, he silently prayed over and over again: "Lord, I want to go as a missionary for you. Open a door of service for me." When the interview was over, the board turned Oswald Smith down. Oswald was crushed. He did not meet their qualifications. He had failed the test. But God was working in Oswald Smith's life. He planted another idea in Oswald's heart. If he could not go as a missionary, he would build a church that could send out missionaries. The small church combined with a Christian and Missionary Alliance Congregation. By 1928, Oswald Smith's congregation, The People's Church in Toronto, Canada, was sending out more missionaries than any other church at that time. Oswald Smith brought God into the situation, and God transformed his disappointment into a ministry.

Disappointment and discouragement will come into every life. The question is: Do you look to the Lord when you are disappointed?

Dear Lord we pray today that we would give you all our disappointments and discouragements knowing that You will give us comfort. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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