Pause to read through this prayer; what stands out to you?
“Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”
Contrast in literary criticism is a tool meant to strike a chord of emotion; to get you stirred up and on edge.
Well, Wesley, you did it again. I am all for doing, employment, being exalted and full; having all things.
Wesley why? Couldn’t you just stop there?
I trust God to bless me, but do I trust God enough to follow him into suffering; having nothing or being laid aside? Paul did…
Philippians 4:11-13 says:
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
I can do all things is not a statement of power it is a word on contentment. I can endure and even thrive in all circumstances because I am sustained by HIM who gives me the strength to be content where I am.
No matter what this year brings, our covenant relationship with God states that he will be our God, and we will be his people.
If this is true, no matter the circumstance, we can rest in the shelter of his wings; trusting that he’s got us.
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