Say what you want about the Baptist Hymnal, but it has stood the test of time, and got many, such as myself through trying times.
When my wife and I lost our child, we were devastated. The doctors had no answers, and we didn’t know what to think or do. Our hearts were shattered, our burden was heavy, but Jesus knew, had a reason why, and that gave us peace. Neither of us will say that it was easy. It was hard, and still is. Apart from the preserving work of the Spirit, we would have been lost. Jesus held us, and it was our job to simply trust Him.
There was a hymn that we sang in the church the night before Wrenley left us, and in our darkest hour this hymn rang in my head, ‘Trusting as the moments fly, Trusting as the days go by; Trusting Him whatever befall, Trusting Jesus that is all.’ All throughout the funeral, all the way until the burial, every time my mind would begin to question and say, ‘what do I do now?’ Hymn #417 would quietly sing to my troubled soul, ‘Trust Jesus, that is all.’
There is not a more profound, yet simple command. There is not a more difficult, yet freeing task. Trusting Jesus is truly what the Christian faith is about. Trusting that the risen Lord truly has all authority in heaven, and on earth. Trusting that all things, whether he causes them or allows them, are working together for the good of His people. Trusting Jesus as the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-wise risen Lord of the universe is the thing we all must strive to do. Trusting Jesus is easy when things are going well, but will we trust Jesus through our deepest pain?
Theology matters in our darkest moments. Doctrine matters when suffering sweeps our lives. What you believe about God in those moments will either make you, or break you. I praise His Holy name for His strong hand, that held us, even when we didn’t want to be held. When we arrive in heaven, it will wholly be of grace, because if it had depended on us, we wouldn’t have made it.
I can only imagine the help this hymn has been throughout all these years, so no matter what you’re going through, remember these words:
“Simply trusting everyday, trusting through a stormy way. Even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all.”