Truly, if God is for us, who can be against us? If we desire what He desires, will He not freely give us all to accomplish that goal? Is He not the Owner who will supply our every need? I believe the whole of our provision is found in our identity in Christ, along with the whole of our treasure found in being His possession.
We don’t always know how He will accomplish His goals or meet our needs, but I have walked long enough to know that my God can do all things great and small, and that nothing is too difficult, too impossible, or too much to even ask IF we ask according to and in concert with His desire.
Is your ongoing desire to please Him with your life, to accomplish the mission He has called you to, to walk worthy of that calling, and to hope for many souls to be impacted by your life in Christ? If so, keep running the race my friend. If not, don’t give up! Instead, it’s time to take up His high calling again and to believe that He will give you the strength to accomplish whatever it is He is calling you to.
All of this can only be done by all that He has supplied, is supplying, and will be continuing to supply. Namely, the provision of grace, mercy, and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!
This I believe is what Horacio (the hymn writer) knew and found to be true when everything of earthly value had been stripped away. If our treasure is in heaven, if the eternal state of souls is our ultimate concern, if He is our very life, and if we know it is better to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, we can but say “it is well with my soul”.
And yet there are multitudes who cannot say this and that fact burns within me. And worse yet is that many believers can’t say this because they are living in unbelief, looking to find satisfaction from everything BUT God. And still the Lord is sending his servants (who themselves were once just as disobedient) to warn those who are in jeopardy to turn to Him with all their heart and to renew their minds, setting their hearts on heavenly rather than earthly things. Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
So I conclude that we have a great privilege set before us to simply and with great joy and humble gratitude yoke with our Lord in His work, to learn from Him, and to ironically find rest in the midst of our labors. Is this not true?
Aren’t we the most restLESS when we are not laboring for and with Him?
Never forget that there are two types of “work”: one of grueling labor that robs us of joy, and one of gratitude that rejuvenates us WITH the JOY of the Lord! And since we are to “provoke one another unto LOVE and GOOD WORKS,” let us then be diligent to be found in peace, joyfully doing all for the glory of our God and Savior today and to see what great things He has yet to reveal.
He is and will be faithful to complete the work He has started both in us and in the earth for His glory!