All My Trials Lord…
September 24th, 2019
I’m not planning on departing this life any time soon. The reference in the title is to a popular song released by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1990. The song could easily be mistaken for an early Christian Contemporary song from the 70’s, but it isn’t.
Despite its secular pinning’s, this song would have fit perfectly in the period of the Jesus Freak Movement.
If you’d like to look up the lyrics here is a link to take you to them, and the 1990 version rendered by the trio: Peter, Paul, and Mary – All My Trials Lord.
The first verse of this song refers to a ‘Little Book’ given to the singer. On every page of the book the words spelled ‘Liberty’, in reference to the liberation from sin given us by the Grace of Jesus.
The second verse states that this religion isn’t something that can be purchased. If that were so, then only the rich would have life and the poor all would die.
The third and final verse refers to the Tree of Life removed from the garden and replanted in Heaven.
Consistently through the song the chorus refrains, ‘all my trials Lord, soon be over’. Which Christians recognize that this life is a temporary thing, our existence is immeasurably longer after the grave than before it. Life as the world knows it is just a dress rehearsal for the real life that lasts forever in the arms of our savoir.
I can’t attest to Peter, Paul and/or Mary being a closet Christian. Likewise, I can’t say that they hadn’t reach a confession of Jesus Christ being the Lord of their lives. It doesn’t mean that information doesn’t exist that says one way or another, but from my understanding, all I have to as reference is this one song they popularized.
But time is short and getting shorter every day.
The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Romans 13:12 (CSB)
Soon, regardless of if we pass from this life through physical death, or we find ourselves caught up with Jesus in the clouds during the rapture; ‘soon’ all our trials will be over, and then eternity.
Talk like this has a tendency to unnerve nonbelievers. For good reason really. Good reason because, if they understand any of what our message of the Gospel is, they have come to understand that we believe that God says this is the demarcation point. The point at which light is separated from darkness forever more.
If they sense that they are abiding in the darkness, then this message of the Gospel is a terror to their very soul.
From the very beginning, God made it clear that His plans and intent was always to separate the light from the darkness.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:3-4 (CSB)
This is carried throughout scripture and is amplified through the end of days. Ultimately Jesus will create an everlasting separation of the light from the darkness. The most striking illustration of this is presented to us in 2nd Corinthians.
Don’t become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God said:
I will dwell and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord; do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (CSB)
When the day of judgement comes, be that the end of our natural lives here, or when Jesus takes His Bride home; that separation is final. This is where the terror of the Gospel becomes real for the nonbeliever. It is offensive, it is frightening, and it is imminent.
If our lives are not different from the world then we haven’t ‘come out’ from the world. We are still abiding in the darkness.
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)
These words of Jesus are hard for anyone dabbling in darkness to deal with, “Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” He is the light of this world. He plants His light in us, making us His beacon to a lost world. A world lost in darkness.
Where will your eternity be spent? In the light or in the darkness? Where will your friends and family spend eternity?
If we intend, if we desire, if we wish to spend eternity in the Light, we must begin that path today. We must also seek to bring others into the Light with us. Because, this will “Soon Be Over”!
In His Grace!