“Be Not Dismayed”

God will take care of you! Steve Arterburn writes:

“Life is full of paradoxes. The apostle Paul tells us, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair” (2 Corinthians 4:7-8).

My Bible is crammed full of this Blessed Assurance! “God Will Take Care of You” is a great old hymn written by Civilla Martin in 1904. Her husband, Walter, was a preacher and was to speak at a meeting of a church body some distance from their home. She became very ill and prevented him from cancelling his trip. Their young son convinced him to”Go ahead, father. God will care for mother while you are away”. Civilla began to feel better and just before his return, she penned these words:

“Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
beneath his wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.
God will take care of you,
through every day, o’er all the way;
he will take care of you,
God will take care of you.”

When Walter returned home, she shared the poem and he immediately composed the melody. The hymn was published in their new hymnal in 1904. Incidentally, Civilla also wrote the beautiful “His Eye is On the Sparrow”, as well.

The Bible is filled with this promise and it saddens me to think of all those who fail to take advantage of it. It’s just simply “Let Go and Let God”, donchaknow. 

(Today is a “PRAISE GOD DAY” for me also. I was injured at my Texas Revolution Indoor Football game Saturday night when a huge Gladiator defender and I ‘contested’ for a ‘pass into the stands’. He clobbered me and sent me sailing in to row of seats. After overnight at Texas Health Center, I am home and very sore and slow. It could have been much worse and once again I am reminded “Never Alone” and “Too anointed to be disappointed and Too Blessed to be depressed”! God does Care for His Own! 

And, that’s what I get from MY very full box of chocolates.  AMEN

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