Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
In 1755, Robert Robinson, was a gang leader, focused on dissolute living. In a drunken stupor he heard the famous preacher, George Whitefield speak. Whitefield’s message tormented his conscience for three years until he found rest in Jesus Christ. He penned the powerful hymn, "Come Thou, Fount of Every Blessing" to capture the struggles of his life. Robinson struggled to be faithful. He struggled to live as Jesus taught us.
Why is it that we need to preach the gospel to ourselves? That we need to teach what we most desperately need to learn? Why is it that we earnestly need to live the gospel anew on a daily basis? It is because of this reality Robinson knew so well “prone to wander Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” Augustine and Martin Luther both spoke of the state of living incurvatus in se which is Latin for the human person living bent in on himself. Through the gospel, that bent is changed from oneself to God. It is like a bone being set, everyday. The Holy Spirit leads us every single day to conform our lives to the gospel. In how we talk to each other. Help each other. How we surrender our will to God, day by day, often hour by hour, minute by minute. In surrendering our will, we slowly learn what it means to trust.
May our spirits acquire a" Godward" bent through the transforming power of the gospel for so we can spontaneously see the glory of Jesus -- in the face of our neighbor.
PRAY: "Come Thou Font of Every Blessing"
O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.