I had never before considered the ‘big trouble’ which sweeps one away into deep waters to be a glorious thing. Certainly throughout a lifetime of service I have found myself in one of ‘old ocean’s lowest caverns’ many times. The sea of life can throw up some violent storms, can’t it? It is true that when the storm is over and Yahweh brings us once more into quiet waters, we have new stories to tell about His mercy, faithfulness and power; but what of the journey?
George Matheson, who went blind when he was just 20 years old, was a much-respected minister, an acclaimed author, and a university lecturer; he wrote that beautiful, moving hymn, ‘Oh love that will not let me go’. He was a man who, having proved Yahweh for himself, wrote, “Life is to be just hard enough to bring out the heroic! I shall go into battlefields and into twisting storms that I may have an experience of the Father’s care, protection and glorious deliverance.” Another amazing statement of faith.
We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses such as this [Heb. 12:1], men and women who have gone before us, who have walked the same pathway, and who speak with the same positive, overcoming faith. Our circumstances will be diverse, the times in which we live unparalleled in multiple ways, yet we serve the same Almighty Creator. He will bring us through to the same triumphant end. Let us take hope from these testimonies, joy in such faithfulness, and be encouraged to find Yahweh for ourselves wherever the ‘big trouble’ may lead.