[Papercut Press Publishing] 1997-12-29 - A Reflection

2 Chronicles 20: 20...Put your trust in the Lord your God, and you will be established..

This is the topic of the poem by William Cooper which I would like to quote and comment on. It is noteworthy that Cooper suffered greatly with depression and struggled with living. He hated life and his biography is a testament to God’s grace and to Christian perseverance. He is one of England's greatest poets, third only to Milton and John Donne.

AND is this all? Can Reason do no more.
Than bid me shun the deep, and dread the shore?
Sweet moralist! Afloat on life’s rough sea,
The Christian has an art unknown to thee.
He holds no parley with unmanly fears:
Where duty bids he confidently steers,
Faces a thousand dangers at her call,
And, trusting in his God, surmounts them all.

Ah! Who else but a poet to call the Christian life an art. But art it is and wonderful art at that. When we see Christian living, we recognize it; it is obvious. Those who are “sold out” for the cause of Jesus Christ are evident, but they never get the recognition they deserve. There is a simple reason why they are not called in front of the church to receive their glory, and that is because their reward waits for them. They serve the Lord quietly and without fanfare, this is real art. Trusting God, as the poem says, is harder for some than for others. Some Christians can simply not do what that famous bumper sticker says, “let go and let God”. Whenever I have seen that sticker, I have always wanted to ease off my brakes, crash into the car, get out, and say, “I let go, and I let God, sorry”. But there is a point of letting go and letting God direct our lives. As the above poem says, the follower of Christ who trusts in Christ surmounts all. And may this trusting be true with us as well. It is hard to live the Christian life without trusting in the providence of God.

“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love and the future to his providence.” Augustine

“If we love Christ much, surely we shall trust him much.” Thomas Brooks

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim