“I believe in thee…”

As I read the prayer “Truth in Jesus” this morning in The Valley of Vision, these simple lines are making me think:

I believe in thee as the God of nature,
the ordainer of providence,
the sender of Jesus my Saviour.

As I said, these lines are simple. But they’re also overflowing with implications. If I truly believe these truths (and I’d be crazy not to believe truths!), my life will reflect them, and they will make a difference in how I think and live.

If God is the God of nature, who am I to grumble about how I’m made, or the weather (all the rain we’ve had!), or the aging process? HE is God.

If He is the ordainer of my providence, who am I to grumble about what He has provided or chosen not to provide? If he is the God of my circumstances, shouldn’t that fill me with peace and not impatience?

If God is the sender of Jesus my Saviour, shouldn’t that fill me with so much gratitude that the dam of my heart breaks and overflows? And shouldn’t it remind me that I indeed need a Saviour? That I am not the author of my salvation?

I’m praying that as I go about this first day of the work week, I will keep these truths in mind and meditate on how amazing it is that my God is the God of nature, the ordainer of my providence, and the sender of my Saviour. Want to join me?

Happy Monday,

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One thought on ““I believe in thee…”

  1. Thank you for this meditation, Anne; it’s a great reminder. I heard something similar this morning in a sermon on Matthew 9:18-26, when our priest contrasted the faith of Jairus the synagogue official with the faith of Jacob in Genesis. Even after Jacob had his dream of the ladder to heaven, his vow was conditional (“If God protects me…if I have bread to eat and clothing to wear…if I return safely to my father’s house…the Lord shall be my God.”). Jairus, on the other hand, had only one condition (If you — Jesus — lay your hand on my daughter, she will live”). We were encouraged to emulate the example of Jairus, which we can do in part by praying what you said here. Neat how that all fits together!

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