In Times Like These
Ruth Caye Jones, mother of five children, was a minister’s wife. In 1943, she was troubled by the news she had read in the Pittsburgh newspaper concerning World War II. The casualties were adding up and the folks at home in the US were experiencing the pain and stress of a world war.
She found herself meditating on 2 Timothy 3:1 – “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” She took the pad and pencil from the pocket of her apron and penned these words:
In times like these, we need a Savior
In times like these, we need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock
These words became the opening lines to a hymn that would find its way into the hymnals of many denominations.
I have found myself reflecting on this hymn over the past few days. I agree with her — we need a Savior! And guess what? We have One! We have a wonderful, caring, and powerful Savior!
One of my favorite stories in the gospels is in found in Mark chapter 4. These rugged, hardy disciples, some of whom had made their living fishing on the Sea of Galilee, were in a boat with Jesus. You remember the story? And there was a tempest. There was a storm that was brewing on the sea. In fact, it was so powerful that the disciples decided they would not survive it. They feared for their own lives. Jesus was in the boat with them and he was asleep. I love that! Simon Peter is scared out of his wits and Jesus is asleep! They come and they wake him, “Jesus, Lord don’t you know we’re about to die!” Jesus awakens and he looks at His own creation that will always respond to His words. Why? Because he’s the word of Almighty God. And Jesus stands and he looks at that tempest and he speaks this word “Peace, be still.” And His creation obeyed.
Then one of the most beautiful statements I’ve ever read in the New Testament –”And the disciples were terrified!” You thought they were scared of the storm? Wait until they meet Jesus! The Bible says they were terrified, more afraid than they had ever been before! Not of the storm, but of the One who calms the storm. They stood in awe with one another and said, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey his words!?!” He is the Word of God, Simon Peter. Bow before him!!! And be terrified.
Jesus is the Word of God. Let your knowledge, your understanding of Who He is be expanded as we study and grow together. Because whatever you think of Jesus, I would submit to you, it’s not enough. He is not just this baby born in Bethlehem who lived a perfect life, a sinless life and offered Himself up as a sacrifice on behalf of all mankind. He is that and so much more. He is the very Word of God, robed with eternity who lives beyond time and who actually is God. He is the very Word of God.
He is our Savior. And—in times like these, He is exactly Who we need!