|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on September 29, 2021 at 10:15 AM|
Are you ever tempted to question God? As with so many things, we wouldn’t be the first one to do so. As the book of Ecclesiastes says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Most of the old testament readings we will encounter in October deal with Job and how he questioned God about the sufferings he was enduring. It’s quite a fascinating back and forth as he questions and, then, is answered by God. Like us, some of the answers are not quite satisfactory to, or fully understood by Job. After the many tragedies the world and our country have experienced in the last few years, I’m sure many of us can relate to the questions Job had. Below is the text of an old Lutheran hymn that describes the surrender of our will and limited understanding to that of an all-knowing, loving God who created all things. I hope it will speak peace to you during these turbulent times.
Peace to you,
Whatever God Ordains Is Right
Whatever God ordains is right; his will is just and holy. He holds us in his perfect might; in him, our lives are godly. He is our God and all we need, the Father who preserves us still; to him we bend each heart and will. Whatever God ordains is right, and he will not deceive us. He leads us in the way of light and will not ever leave us. In him we rest, who makes the best of all the stumbling turns we take and loves us for his mercy’s sake. Whatever God ordains is right; all that he does is for us. He heals our souls and gives us sight and puts no ill before us. Our God is true; he makes us new; our lives are built upon his rock, our cornerstone and building block. Whatever God ordains is right; he guides our joy and sadness. He is our life and blessed light; in him alone is gladness. We see his face, the way of grace; he holds us in his mighty arm and keeps us safe from every harm.
Words: Samuel Rodigast(1649-1708); translation: Gracia Grindal(b. 1943)