There are times in our lives when all the world seems to turn against us. Our motives are misunderstood, our words are misconstrued, and our offers to help are met with icy coldness. As a result, unfriendly feelings are generated against us.
Many years ago a pastor who lived in a New England town experienced this kind of discouragement. With a sense of failure nagging at him, he climbed to the steeple room in his church to think. This man, Washington Gladden, sat down and poured out his heart to the Lord in prayer. Then he wrote this well-known hymn:
- O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free;
- Tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.
- In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way,
- In peace that only Thou canst give, with Thee, O Master, let me live.
Our Scripture reading tells us how our Lord faced hostility and all kinds of suffering. The writer of Hebrews advised us to consider the Savior’s example. Seeing how He endured opposition and cruel mistreatment for us will put our troubles into perspective. Strengthened by His love, we can find the cure for a weary heart. – Henry G. Bosch
The great example is our Lord
Of overcoming power;
The strength that brought Him victory
Gives hope in life’s dark hour. – J. David. Branon.
God’s grace accepted is God’s peace experienced.
- April 1, 1990, Our Daily Bread