I love hymns and almost every other form of Christian music. One of my favorite old hymns is “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” The story behind that hymn begins with Louisa Stead, a British gal who moved to Cincinnati, married a good man, and had a precious daughter. When that child was four years old, the family went for a day at the beach.
Soon, they heard a young boy crying for help. Dad jumped in and tried to move him toward the shore. But the young boy panicked and eventually, as mom and daughter watched, Dad and the boy both drowned.
As part of her grieving process, Louisa took up a pen and wrote the words to that great hymn:
“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word. Just to rest upon His promise. Just to know thus saith the Lord.”
That song came to mind as I listened to our message Sunday morning. We could almost hear huge foundational pillars being driven into the ground. ”Biblical faith isn’t foolish.” Boom! “It is reasonable.” Boom! “It is not thoughtless, it is thoughtful.” Boom!
More pillars: ”Biblical faith is the key to pleasing God. We cannot please Him in the flesh.” Boom! “Biblical faith always leaves room for hope, and it is our connection to an unending amount of God’s provisions.” Boom!
The foundation for the Christian life is indeed rooted in Biblical faith. We don’t wish for things, cross our fingers, and hope for the best. We build our lives on the words of Scripture. Our faith is built on nothing less.
Perhaps this week is a great opportunity to redouble our efforts to immerse ourselves in God’s Word. Let’s be intentional. Let’s listen to it on the way to work or read a few chapters during our lunch time. Let’s memorize a passage or two as we do a few chores. At dinner, maybe as a family, we could discuss a specific section of the Word.
Louisa Stead had such a powerful foundation in her relationship with her Savior, she could rebound from such an awful tragedy. In fact, a few months later, she and her daughter left for the mission field in South Africa. They were fully prepared to trust in Jesus.
“I am so glad I learned to trust Him, precious Jesus, Savior, Friend. And I know that He is with me, will be with me to the end.”
Biblical Faith. Boom!