Posts Tagged ‘will of God’

Three poems from Hebrews 6

November 2, 2015

Hebrews 6--10 In this past Sunday morning’s message at Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC, Bishop Charles Mellette delivered a powerful teaching, as part of a series: “God is Our Source.” This particular lesson offered the subtitle: “Help is on the Way” and provided this objective: “to empower and encourage you to trust God in challenging times.” In the course of the teaching, Bishop Mellette focused on three verses from Hebrews 6:10-12. I wrote in my notes to check out the three poems that I had written a few years, inspired by these very verses.

As I read over the poems, I noted that they are part of a collection connected to “Knowing God’s Will.” In fact, the three poetic works were part of a series that I called a “Triptych on the Will of God.” OxfordDictionaries.com offers this definition of the term “triptych”: “A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.” WordNet 3.6 provides this definition of triptych art, as “art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together).” Here is an example taken from the same source:

ONE LEAF OF A TRIPTYCH IN CATHEDRAL OF SEVILLE

ONE LEAF OF A TRIPTYCH IN CATHEDRAL OF SEVILLE

The three attached poems in my triptych are inspired by quotations and verses from Hebrews 6:10-12

A Reminder: God Is Faithful

 

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love,

which ye have shown toward his name,

in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Hebrews 6:10

The good deeds that you have done may not be extolled

When the fervor of God’s love has long since grown cold.

Some quickly forget all the good that you have done

And fail to recall that you were the only one

To answer the call, seek the Lord and intercede.

Time after time you were the one to meet the need.

When others were busy and chose to walk away,

You were there and remained in the thick of the fray.

In dark times when words of thanks are distant memories,

Recall that God knows all things, for He alone sees

Your labor and saves all the tears that you have shed.

Our Father is ever mindful of how you serve,

And He shall reward you beyond all you deserve.

As you strive to finish your course, have no regret:

Our God is faithful–He will never forget.

Hebrews 6:10 is graphically illustrated in this video clip:

The second in the series takes its title from a familiar gospel song that I vividly recall in my formative years in the 1950s along with the second verse from Hebrews 6:

This Far by Faith

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence                            

to the full assurance of hope until the end,                               

Hebrews 6:11

                                        

“We have come this far by faith.”

Traditional Black Gospel Song

 

Though we see truth, there is still the rest of the story,

As we strive to be all that God called us to be.

Created to be to the praise of His glory,

We walk by faith and not by what we can see.

We now rise above to view life from God’s grand scope:

Each day our faith will increase and not diminish.

With diligence to the full assurance of hope,

We will complete our course, striving toward the finish.

A great cloud of witnesses surround us to cheer

Us on from faith to faith and victory to victory.

The mighty hand of our gracious God brought us here,

For such a time as this—behold our destiny.

As we press toward the mark, we must not lose our gait.

Lyrics remind us “We have come this far by faith.”

Voices of Hope, a wonderful choir from Los Angeles under the direction of Thurston Frazier offer the title selection:

The third poem in the series was inspired as I was working on an article related to patience, as the fruit of the spirit that was in season at the time that I wrote it. Entitled “Farmer Johnson,” the poem is also related to the passage on patience found in James 5:7-9 which speaks of the farmer who plants, patiently waiting for the bountiful harvest. In the poem I also make reference to an actual apple orchard. Most remarkably, I also came across an endorsement from someone who had sampled the apples from “Farmer Johnson Apple Orchards” in Washington State. The individual commented, “I have had the opportunity to try all the varieties of Farmer Johnson apples, they are the best apples I have ever tasted. Fresh, crisp…. the perfect apple.” I couldn’t help but smile, as I reflected upon my desire to be “neither barren nor unfruitful” but to be productive and highly fruitful in all my endeavors. Just as apples are now in season in the natural at “Farmer Johnson’s Apple Orchards”, so in the spirit, patience is the fruit I am endeavoring to perfect during this my present season. Hebrews 6:12 serves as the introductory verse along with lyrics from a familiar hymn “He Leadeth Me”

Farmer Johnson

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who

through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Hebrews 6:12

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Lyrics by Joseph H. Gilmore

Farmer Johnson owns orchards in Washington State.

His apples are renowned and said to be the best.

As scriptures remind us to labor and to rest,

This Farmer Johnson is patient and learns to wait

For the bountiful fruit of his harvest season.

Patience now abounds to complete and perfect me,

As I walk by faith, despite all that I may see,

I assess my times and unfold the real reason

For all the trials and seeming setbacks that came.

At times I felt as though being torn asunder

But like Job, I still abide and bear up under.

God yet delivers those who call upon His name.

Committed to go wherever the Lord shall send,

A faithful follower, enduring to the end.

The last line brings to mind another vintage hymn from childhood days and beyond: “He Leadeth Me,” as iworship offers a stirring rendition of this memorable song:

Colossians 1:9: The knowledge of His will

November 12, 2013

Colossians_1-9

In reflecting on the Verse of the Day for November 12, 2013, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind.   I began to consider deeply this verse that emphasizes “The Will of God,” the place where I ever desire to be found. As is so often the case, when I wax reflective, I also wax poetic, and in this case, I thought of a particular poem that is part of a quartet of original poems centering on “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9 especially relates to this poetic expression:

The Will of God

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Albert Schweitzer

 

My food is to do the will of Him who sent me,

and to finish His work.

John 4:34 [NKJV]

                                                

To unearth at last the world’s most priceless treasure

And gaze upon the splendor of God’s sovereignty

Is to savor joy unspeakable beyond measure:

To find the will of God is the greatest discovery.

To know intimacy beyond the highest degree,

A confident assurance when I acknowledge

And embrace the path, the destiny, prepared for me:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge.

To live life, knowing I am covered by the Blood

Is to walk with no regret, never to lament,

For all decisions work together for the good:

To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.

Guided and protected by the Shepherd’s staff and rod,

I rejoice to find, to know and do the will of God.

Numerous songs have been written related to” the will of God.” In fact, a previous blog entry on Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe contains a quartet of poems and songs centering on “The Will of God.” Three are original, and the last one is anonymous. Between each poem is a video of a song related to “The Will of God.” Here is the link:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/reflections-on-the-will-of-god-a-quartet-of-poems-and-songs/

A song connected to this particular poem is written by Deb Zemke; “His Will” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “the knowledge of His will” is a great way to start the day.