“Any man can sing in the day. When the cup is full, man draws inspiration from it. When wealth rolls in abundance around him, any man can praise the God who gives a plenteous harvest… The difficulty is for music to swell forth when no wind is stirring. It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but he is skillful who sings when there is not a ray of light to read by — who sings from the heart… Lay me upon the bed of languishing, and how shall I then chant God’s high praises, unless He Himself give me the song? No, it is not in man’s power to sing when all is adverse, unless an altar-coal shall touch his lip… Then, since our Maker gives ‘songs in the night’ (Job 35:10), let us wait upon Him for the music.”
What a truth to remember! For me the opposite can also be true: it’s so easy to rely on God, go to Him with every need when the needs are pressing all around me.
But when all is calm and peaceful as a blanket of undisturbed snow…then I forget. Life crowds in and I ignore my daily, simple needs for a Savior. Because those simple little things aren’t simple at all. They are dangerous.
They are the biggest threat.
When all is calm and all is bright…I forget Who makes it Calm and Bright and Wonderful.
Today, God, let me not fall into lukewarm living. May I praise You, rely on You and give back to You in this day of calm and warmth.
And, Lord, let us love and remember those that are hurting today. So many.
May we rejoice not in what we have, but rather in Who You are.