Our Daily Bread today was about power, or lack thereof. David McCasland used the massive, 2012 northeastern seaboard power outage to launch into his theme of God’s always available power. He closed with the first stanza of Isaac Watts’ hymn, O God, Our Help In Ages Past. I looked up the lyrics, and I especially liked the last stanza.
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guide while troubles last,
and our eternal home!
Classic hymns blend the writers’ personal experiences with with well-thought-out Bible doctrine. This hymn, for example, remembers God’s historical dealings with his people, both Israel and the church, then expresses the hope we have in him for the future.
The second line of this stanza aptly reflects Apostle Paul’s view of hope: Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees? (Romans 8:24b) Only faith, not wishful thinking, founds this true hope: the true faith that comes only as God’s gift to his elect saints.
The third line recognizes God’s presence in his Holy Spirit while our troubles last. And they will most certainly last as long as we occupy these troublesome, corrupting bodies of flesh.
The last line states a truth that I, and I suspect most Christ-followers, miss when we think of our eternal home. Heaven isn’t a discrete place as much as it is the Person of our self-existing, eternal God. Though our flesh conceals his glory, Jesus’ words aptly state our relationship to the Father: In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. (John 14:20)
When I think of the Lord Jesus’ power to help me through life’s trials, remembering who he truly is gives me more of an appreciation of his ultimate power that he made available to us. Jesus was, is, and always shall be, God’s infinite, eternal, creative Word in human form.
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(2) He was in the beginning with God.
(3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
(4) In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
“All things” is a concept we finite, temporal human beings cannot grasp, as our pitiful science has hardly scratched the surface of what exists. Talk about power! And that infinite power’s Source abides within every Christ-follower.
Some folks disparage “power” as a corrupting force, which it is, when it’s source is human pride and ambition. But God’s power is incorruptible. As God is love, his power is only available through, and for, his love.
My question is, what are you and I going to do with Christ’s power? Will we continue ignoring its potential? Or will we face it as the fact that it is, and use it for his glory? It’s my choice, and it’s your choice.
Well? Don’t just sit there! Live for Christ, and for his glory.