“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:1-2.
What love. What tender, beautiful love is being constanstly bestowed upon us. He calls us His sons and daughters. Daily we are faced with temptation, trials, etc. and oftentimes we cannot see how we can be like Jesus or be ready for His return. But the promise is, “it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
Christ bids us to follow Him. He does not lay before us all that lies around each bend or what is beyond each mountain climb, but He does lay out all He offers us. He tells first of how much He loves us and how He is so thankful for us. Then He tells how He gives peace in the storm. Strength when we are weak. How He shines light upon the dark paths. How He gives joy after mourning. He gives shelter in the storm. He gives comfort to the distressed. He provides an always listening ear and understanding heart. He is our Guide along the way. And when we do get lost, He will gently lead us back onto the right path. He gives patience and long-suffering. He restores our souls. He quiets our minds. He will be the light at night and our shade by day from the heat of trials and temptations. He is always ready to fight our battles for us if we let Him. He is the melody to life’s song. He is a strong shoulder to cry on. He is the ever faithful Friend. He wipes away tears and gives smiles. He never forces. He gives satisfaction and delight. He gives answers to life’s questions. He protects and provides all needs. He is the compass. He makes everything beautiful in His perfect time. He does not tell us what all lies ahead but He does tell us what He holds in His heart for each one of us and truly that is enough. Because we can rest safely in the arms of Jesus. Read the words of this hymn and let the words really sink in!
Under His Wings
Under His wings I am safely abiding.
Tho’ the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me.
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
2 Under His wings – what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort and there I am blessed. [Refrain]
3 Under His wings – O what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore. [Refrain]