After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
– Genesis 15:1
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
– Louisa M. R. Stead, Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
In the Scripture above, God promised to be there for Abram, later Abraham. In the Great Commission, Jesus promised to be with us. We are not alone.
But… Have you ever had a low point, when you just said, “Lord, help me” and you had no idea how to articulate what needed help?
We have so much anger in our world today. Peace seems like a distant memory. We might even think that Peace has never existed. Everything is so busy. Everything is rushed.
Thinking of rushed, I got a call on Monday. My old company wants me to do a rush job. They need a text written, at least 150 pages. They have totally changed the format of everything, so everything must be changed. Did I mention that the customer needs it completed before the end of this month? Oh, did I mention that I am writing this on Wednesday and they got the information to me just about lunchtime, information that I needed to get started? I don’t have everything, but I can at least get started.
Note: I may have some very short posts in the coming days, I need to start working. It is work-at-home stuff, but I will still be busy.
And guess what! My wife has been on a waiting list for outpatient cardiac rehab. Her 3-days-per-week rehab starts Friday. That’s great news for us, but bad news for my old company in that I will be tied up as her chauffeur for three plus hours three days per week, in the middle of those mornings, without my computer to at least read and review stuff.
I went to bed on Tuesday night in a turmoil. We had a wonderful day, but things have been a mess lately. Since I was waiting on information, why not have an adventure? We drove a couple of hours to a German restaurant and brought an 80+ year old friend. The discussion got into church politics, which raised my anxiety level, but it was a fun trip, our attempt at Octoberfest – no alcohol though. I was driving, and my wife is still not allowed. But when we got home, I found three e-mails from my ‘boss’, none containing what I needed to get started on the project. I never turned on the news. I knew I could not handle the anger and lies, but I am addicted to hurricane tracking. So, I had church politics, lack of communications for work, the presence of so much evil in the world, and a pending monster hurricane added to the normal stresses of extended family life.
Satan is busy. There must be something brewing if he is that worried. Praise the Lord! But, oh, the stress.
But then came the morning. I was awakened by an earworm. “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.”
The anxiety level is less, just hearing an old hymn in my head. For one thing, I had not heard this hymn in decades. But I went to a church in my youth that often sang it.
God placed something in my memory 50+ years ago that gave me comfort this morning. But it was even God again who raised that memory to the surface today. I trust in Jesus, because He is always with me and within me.
This song will not fend off storm surge. By the time this is published, people will be searching through the wreckage to salvage their belongings. The storm surge will be passed, but these encouraging words point to God’s promise. In the Great Commission, Jesus sends each of us out to spread the Good News, but He promises that He will be with us.
For me, He sent a hymn. I gained a moment of Peace, Joy, Understanding, and so much Love, just from an earworm. What do you need from you Heavenly Father today?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.