I had heard the song “Blessings” by Laura Story many times before but this week I really listened to the words:
“We pray for blessings; We pray for peace; Comfort for family, protection while we sleep; We pray for healing, for prosperity; We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering; All the while, You hear each spoken need.”
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops; What if Your healing comes through tears; What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near; What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?”
“We pray for wisdom; Your voice to hear; We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near; We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love; As if every promise from Your Word is not enough; And all the while, You hear each desperate plea And long that we’d have faith to believe.”
“What if my greatest disappointments; Or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy; What if trials of this life The rain, the storms, the hardest nights Are your mercies in disguise?”
I think there are several lessons from this beautiful song:
- He only wants the best for us “We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love; As if every promise from Your Word is not enough.” If we ever doubt His love for us we only need remember Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” God loves us more than we can fathom and He only wants the best for us – we can trust Him.
- He Knows what we need “All the while, You hear each spoken need.” God hears every one of our needs – even more so He knows our needs before we utter them: Psalms 139 1-2 “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
- He will provide our needs “Or the aching of this life is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?” God will provide all our needs as He promises in Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” But we must remember the difference between our needs and wants and realize we may not get all we want. By trusting in Christ, our desires can change from wanting things of this world to accepting His provision.
- Our trials are for our good “What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?” If he only wants what’s best for us and therefore we can trust Him completely we can also trust that our trials are good for us: 1 Peter 1:6 “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”
He loves us; He only wants the best for us; he knows our needs; He provides for our needs; and our trials are blessings in disguise – we can trust Him.
In His Service,
October 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM
I ran across another post over at deeperstory.com about how faith is where we can believe that God is both sovereign and good–that he’s in control even when bad things are happening and that we know that He’s good regardless. Powerful stuff to know that life might be tough–and it might stay tough for a long time, but He’s still providing, teaching, and good.
October 25, 2011 at 1:02 AM
North Point’s message from Oct 9 is another great message about staying faithful when we are in a trial using John The Baptist as an example – awesome message!