Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
When the German pastor, Paul Gerhardt, and his family were forced to flee from their home during the Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century, they stayed in a small village inn. Homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried in despair. Paul comforted her as he recited God’s enduring promises with the assurance of His provision and care. Then, going out to the garden to be alone, he too broke down crying out to God in that hour of uncertainty. Paul sensed God drawing near, lifting the burden. Inspired, he wrote the lyrics to the great hymn “Give to the Winds thy Fears.” This continues to bring comfort to those facing trouble, trial and loss:
Give to the winds thy fears; hope, and be undismayed;
God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears;
God shall lift up thy head.
Through waves and clouds and storms
He gently clears the way.
Wait thou His time,
so shall the night soon end in joyous day.
God gives strength and hope to each one of us – whatever we are facing, take heart! Let’s put ourselves in God’s hands, patiently waiting for His timing and leading. As we wait, know that He will give us a “song in the night.”