Steve Mass – Associate Worship Pastor
’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!”
This song was one of the first hymns I came to know when I became a Christian. The words were easy to grasp, but were said in a way that made you think. It was written by Louisa M. R. Stead after a tragic moment with her family.
The story goes, “When the child was four years of age, the family decided one day to enjoy the sunny beach at Long Island Sound, New York. While eating their picnic lunch, they suddenly heard cries of help and spotted a drowning boy in the sea. Mr. Stead charged into the water. As often happens, however, the struggling boy pulled his rescuer under water with him, and both drowned before the terrified eyes of wife and daughter. Out of her ‘why?’ struggle with God during the ensuing days glowed these meaningful words from the soul of Louisa Stead.”
Are there certain points in life you’ve asked “why”? It may be a trite question, but I’m guessing still relevant to most every person that follows God. We live in a culture where trust is given at a minimal rate to others. Even family members may not get the benefit of the doubt. But shouldn’t we be even more prone to trusting God implicitly? For myself I think that even on my best day, I could still have a smidgen of doubt when it comes to God and my life. Doubts that He’s there, doubts that He loves me, doubts that His plan is perfect, and doubts that I will be obedient to it! If we believe God’s word this should be easy right? Maybe, but more so, God seems to reveal himself after we go thru the trials in life. He becomes more real when we look back and see what He’s done. After Louisa’s husband died, she went on to be a missionary in current day Zimbabwe with her daughter around the 1890’s then returned the the States married to a new husband and devoted their lives to the Church. She knew that God’s work wasn’t done in her even though the worst tragedy of her life happened.
The line “Just to take Him at His Word” seems so powerful to me. People’s word doesn’t mean a whole lot today, but God has stayed true thru the ages. As hard as is may be to trust God sometimes, I invite you with me to keep resting on His promises knowing that our God is for us and to have a peace that only God can provide.
Every word of God proves true.
He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. – Proverbs 30:5