Out of my bondage sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thy-self
Jesus I come to Thee.
– Hymn by William Sleeper (performed by Indelible Grace, 2000)
One hour. I gave the children one hour to ‘rest’ so I too could rest. In the arms of my dear Savior. In the voices of His people lifted higher by Words of Truth. In the basement, with the door closed, behind pink ear buds and a red hot iPod, for one hour, I came.
“Just one word, Lord. Any word. But help me hear Your voice this hour,” I pleaded.
I didn’t grow up in the Church. I didn’t rest at the feet of wisdom, or fly beneath the wings of uplifted prayer. I didn’t feast on the riches of His every Word or drink from the fountains of Living Water. I didn’t open the gifts of Grace or marvel at the splendor of Forgiveness.
No. I wandered the dusty paths of my Egypt unaware of the One True God. Uninformed of His mighty acts – past, present, or future. Unsure of the standards I apparently broke daily. Unacquainted with the hope of God’s promises for my tomorrow.
The shackles of my Egypt have long since cracked, but my calloused hands and feet remain. He ushered me through the Red Sea, but now I wander the wilderness, and wonder at those mighty acts of yesterday, His standards for today, and promises for tomorrow.
I often cry out with like the Israelites:
So I listen. For one hour. For one word:
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord, God almighty
Worthy Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb,
The only one who was and is and will come…
– Phil Wickham, Holy Holy Holy
And realize…the only One who was…and is…and is to come…is Jesus.
Jesus is God’s mightiest act of yesterday. Jesus is the ultimate standard for today. Jesus is my greatest promise for tomorrow.
- When I can’t remember that God miraculously escorted a ram to the thicket just in time for Abraham, or that He imparted the knowledge of Pharaoh’s dream just in time for Joseph, or that He split the Red Sea just in time for the Israelites. When I can’t remember all His acts of yesterday, I can remember Jesus – His mightiest act of all, for me.
- When I don’t know what I don’t know: the Word’s wisdom for my issues, or the Biblical principle to guide my decisions, or just how to convince my sinful self to obey God’s will. When I can’t carry out God’s standards, I can remember Jesus – God’s ultimate standard, for me.
- When tomorrow seems bleak and its burdens weigh heavy. When my vision is clouded by today’s vacillating troubles and life feels like certain death. When I forget that I am a child of the promise (Ro 9:8), I can still remember Jesus God’s promise to remain the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow,for me.
Not rocket science. Not a seminary thesis. Just one word. Jesus. Sometimes One Word is all I need.
Might I Pray for Us?
My One Word. Who was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be the Word without end. I confess that I forget even this One Word. That you are God’s mightiest act. That you did not ask me to become like you before I met God’s standards, but rather you became like me, mere human flesh, to fulfill the standard for all mankind. BE came! Thank you for the promise of new life in You. Thank you for saving me from my Egypt. Thank you for opening my eyes to the past, present, and future life in you, my One Word. Jesus.
Notes of Encouragement:
Words of Affirmation:
Faith is the art of holding onto things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
– CS Lewis