SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant– not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” -2 Corinthians 3:4-6
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His words; Just to rest upon His promise, Just t o know, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’
Chorus: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to trust His cleansing blood: Just in simple faith to plunge me ‘Neath the healing, cleansing blood!
Yes ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease; Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest, and joy and peace
Out of one of the darkest hours of her life-the tragic drowning of her husband-a young mother proclaimed through her tears, ” ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…and I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.” As Louisa Stead, her husband, and their little daughter were enjoying an ocean side picnic one day, a drowning boy cried for help. Mr. Stead rushed to save him but was pulled under by the terrified boy. Both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched helplessly.
During the sorrowful days that followed, the words of this hymn came from the grief stricken wife’s heart. Soon after this, Mrs. Stead and her daughter left for missionary work in South Africa. After more than 25 years of fruitful service, Louisa was forced to retire because of ill health. She died a few years later in Southern Rhodesia. Her fellow missionaries had always loved ” ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” and wrote this tribute after her death:
“We miss her very much but her influence goes on as about five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language. Out of a deep human tragedy early in her life, Louisa Stead learned to trust simply in her Lord.”
Many people, including me, have trusted Jesus Christ in times of need, and He has proved Himself by miraculously meeting the needs. He never disappoint those who genuinely trust in Him. In spite of his predicament, the Psalmist in Psalm 22 recounted how God had saved those that trusted in Him. No wonder, Louisa Stead could write, “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him; how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more.”
What is your predicament? Does it seem that God has forsaken you? Have you put your total trust in Jesus Christ? He will meet you at the point of your need. Trust Him! You will sing like Louisa Stead, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS.”
Prayer point: Ask God to let you hear His voice when He calls.