Assurance

Lately I have been fascinated by the old hymn “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.” As it echoed in my ears, the lyrics made so much sense to me that I thought to myself,

‘I should find out more about the author of this hymn”. I wanted to know how they came up with these beautiful words; “what were they going through?”

I definitely found what I was looking for!

In 1882, Stead drowned as he was saving a little four year old. His wife and daughter witnessed this tragedy, and at the moment when the questions would have come in, God gave Louise Stead these words of triumph! When I read this, I sung this song again and again and what an assurance! These words have stayed on long after she rested, and they still make sense! It is a powerful hymn!

Trust, I feel, is a form of surrender.

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

Just to take him at his word,

Just to rest upon his promise

Just to know thus sayeth the Lord!

When you rest upon the promise of God you have surrendered the situation. The promises of God say: I will never leave you; I am the Lord that healeth thee; I am the Lord your provider… There are so many promises that when we trust in God it is so sweet! Proverbs 3:16 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

When I think about trust, the picture that comes to my mind is of a child. When a child asks for milk, they trust, they have that assurance that they will be given the milk. They ask with confidence because they trust that they will get. The dictionary meaning of trust is, “a firm belief in the reliability, truth or ability of someone or of something”. This brings a clear picture of a baby; they have a firm belief that what they ask for will be provided, and that’s the kind of trust our father wants us to have in him. A trust without wavering. A trust with assurance.

When the doctors referred my husband to a hospital in India, I wondered how we would manage; where would we get the money? Many questions plagued me, but a few of my close people reassured me. They told me it was well, and my favorite hymn echoed again and again. I rested on the promise of God. I rested and chose to trust in Him. It has worked for me.

I don’t know what kind of situation you are going through; I don’t know what the doctors have told you. I don’t even know what your family thinks about your situation or what your bank account says. One thing I know for sure is that tis so sweet to trust in Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5 in the Good News Translation says, “Trust in the lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know”. Be encouraged!

Being responsible, despite indifference

While i was growing up

When i was a little girl , we were taught  to do many things. From house chores to values that i hold dearly. Respecting elders was so much emphasised. It was unheard of to sit while an elder stood, to talk rudely to a stranger. One had to greet an elder,  whether you knew you them or not. No one ever asked why things were done that way. If any elder found you in wrong they rebuked you, whether you were related or not. You even got a spanking from them depending on what you were doing. And they would tell your parents and that put one in trouble.
I am thankful that i was raised in such environments where everyone genuinely watched and was responsible. Where has this gone? Why do we see wrong things and can barely do anything? Is it any of our business.

Today´s generation

Last month i went for a funeral in some place. The person whose funeral it was had lived such a legacy so this attracted all walks of life. The service was in some big church which happened to be full. I got a sit because i was on time but not everyone got a sit. In front of me sat two young girls they looked 12 and 14 years of age. So in came an elderly lady who was about her late or mid 60s, she was standing because she did not have where to sit. When i saw her i thought these young girls will definitely stand up for her to have a seat.
Oh i was so mistaken. They were not even bothered at all. She then got a space to sit but as soon as she sat, the owner of the sit asked her to stand up. She felt so humiliated. At this time am thinking the young girls should be out of their seats. They were not. I then stood tapped her and asked her to take my place. As i stood, i thought to myself what has became of us that we not only think about ourselves, but also don´t value certain things.
Well i did not have so much to do but in that moment, i determined to talk to young people about those things that were instilled in us while we grew up, whenever i get an opportunity. It is time to take corporate responsibility even when you think it does not concern you.
#beingchurchforcommunitytransformation.