Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What e're my GOD ordains is right | a struggle for contentment


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Over the last year or so I've found myself battling for contentment at the strangest times.  I love my life.  I am blessed.  But occasionally I find myself dealing with that nagging feeling of envy or discontent.  My arms sometimes feel empty.  I grieve for the babies I never held.  I long to hold my David again.  I mourn the children we'll never have.  It just happens, and so I fight...except sometimes I don't.  At least, not well.

It's a constant struggle because discontentment often sneaks in when you least expect it.  My flesh is weak, so I have to remind myself what is true.  God is good.  His providence is perfect.  I may never know why he chose for my family to be small, but I can trust that it is right.  I can be content in him--and only in him.

We've sung this hymn written by Samuel Rodigast in church a couple of times in the last several months, and it's always a sweet reminder.  The second verse is my favorite, but I love the entire song.  It speaks truth to my heart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate’er He does,
And follow where He guideth.
He is my God,
Though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall
Wherefore to Him I leave it all

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me
I take, content,
What He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait His day

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true,
Each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care
Is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all


- Samuel Rodigast (1649-1708)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for that sweet reminder of God's sovereign hand! Praying for you my friend!

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