Singing a New Tune

Matthew 5:14-16You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven (NASB).

When someone’s life took a turn of events, dad used to say, “Well, they’ll soon be singing another tune!” Sad but true. With any change of circumstance, some people crumble while others keep on going. Some whine in both good circumstances and bad. Others find God in all things and grow where they are planted

It is said that Roman Emperor, Nero, lit the city by tying Christians to stakes and setting them afire. In the midst of such a terrible death, the early Christians sang praises to God. Nero would cry out, “Stop them from singing!” In their burning, they could have screamed or begged. Instead they used their final moments to light the world with worship.

What songs do we sing in our circumstances? How do they change when we grasp the fact that everything touching us has first passed through the hands of God?

1Thessalonians 5:18Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (RSV).

Prayer: Father God, thanks for sending circumstances that cleanse us, purify us and grow us up into the image of Christ. Amen.

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