Wow. Just wow. A co-worker of mine has been trying to get me to listen to this song for a couple of weeks and I kept forgetting about it. So, today something sparked inside of me to pull that song up and listen to it.
I am not going to lie, it takes a bit to get me to tears. But this song–these words–this message was TOTALLY inspired by God. You can feel it in the raw words of the song. The words in this version by John Piper (who I had heard of but never really heard) are perfect. The beauty of this song just overflows. Do it. Listen to it.
Here– I will even provide a link for you.
Though You Slay Me- Shane and Shane
I know that God wanted me to hear these words today. No feeling sorry for myself. No more. Things happen in life that seem so trivial and so horrid at the time but when you are able to stand on the mountain and look back down at what you went through, there is a reason. There is always a reason for what God does!
Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there. But all of it is totally meaningful. Every millisecond of your pain, from the fallen nature or fallen man, every millisecond of your misery in the path of obedience is producing a peculiar glory you will get because of that.
I don’t care if it was cancer or criticism. I don’t care if it was slander or sickness. It wasn’t meaningless. It’s doing something! It’s not meaningless. Of course you can’t see what it’s doing. Don’t look to what is seen.
When your mom dies, when your kid dies, when you’ve got cancer at 40, when a car careens into the sidewalk and takes her out, don’t say, “That’s meaningless!” It’s not. It’s working for you an eternal weight of glory.
Therefore, therefore, do not lose heart. But take these truths and day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourself every morning. Get alone with God and preach his word into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and cared for.
Nothing done under the breath of God is meaningless. Through HIM I am new and cared for! Nothing I have done in the past matters anymore. Sure I can beat myself up for it all I want, but why? I am new. I am clean. I am HIS.
God’s timing has been shown perfect today. Thank you GOD for letting me remember that song today. I am yours–forever.
your child Sarah.