Music Monday: “Another In the Fire.” by Hillsong
by: Debbie Waltz
Welcome Back, Readers~
As part of my weekly routine, I have attended my church’s book club via Zoom. Not because I’m sick or anything, but it’s easier to have dinner with my extended family and then come downstairs to my computer and join. Anyway, we have been reading Corrie ten boom’s “The Hiding Place,” At first glance, it’s a dark book to read for a discussion group; but there’s so much light. It’s incredible how Corrie handled everything with such grace. Of course, sometimes, she failed and gave in to her emotions. But she’s only human. In the end, she gave everything back to the Lord in prayer.
That sounds like such a simple thing to do, but it’s not. It requires daily surrendering ourselves to the Lord and His Will for our lives in Romans. Paul asked the early church to consider themselves a Living sacrifice for Christ. It begins like this: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship..” But he doesn’t stop there; he urges the Romans to stand firm on the Promises of God and not give into the flesh. This renewing of the mind is essential to developing a deeper relationship with Christ because it enables us to see things from God’s perspective a little. Paul writes, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ”
That doesn’t make living our lives any easier. Mostly, it makes it harder because God’s ways are not our own. As I’ve written in previous posts, God sees the bigger picture. We can’t. I am constantly reminding myself of this over and over. He knows how all the pieces fit together.
I rest, knowing that I am not going through this alone. You are using this time to strengthen and refine my faith (like gold) and come out better because of it. When most people hear the song, they immediately reflect on the story of Shadrach Meshach and Abednego. I’ll admit that’s what I thought of at first, too. But the song is about so much more.
Even though God said we would have trouble in this world (John 16:33), we have something else too. We have the power of Christ within us. Too often we forget about this and accept our circumstances far too easily instead of going to the one who can heal or restore us. Sadly, Jesus becomes our last resort when He should really be our first.
To listen to Hillsong’s song, it can be accessed here: