“The way may at times seem dark, but light will arise, if thou trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. That light may sometimes show hard things to be required, but do not be distressed if thy heart should rebel; bring thy unwillingness and disobedience to Him, in the faith that He will give thee power to overcome, for He cannot fail. ‘Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world,’ so keep close to Him, and the victory will be won. But do not, I beseech thee, neglect anything that is required, for disobedience leads to darkness; and do not reason or delay, but simply follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit, and He will guide thee into all peace.”
Elizabeth T. King
My devotional reading this morning included these verses from Psalm 147:
“He heals the broken-hearted, and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of stars, He gives to all of them their names.
This Psalm of praise reminded me of God’s power — in our lives and in the world. God is the One we can turn to and trust because He is truly in control of everything. Then the Keith Green song, You Are the One for Me, came to my mind. Keith had a Jewish background and was raised in a Christian Scientist home. He experimented with Eastern religions, but eventually came to know that Jesus Christ was the One for him. He’s the One for you, too. He’s the ruler of your life and the ruler of the world.
My post about the laity as a motley crew made me think about this song. It’s one we often use on Lutheran Via De Cristo weekends and it reminds me that we don’t do anything in our own strength–it’s the power of God working with us, both lay people and pastors. It’s composed by Carey Landry, who wrote other favorites such as Only A Shadow and Abba Father. Once you get it in your head, you’ll be singing it all day!