Drive the Dark of Doubt Away

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Posted by Sara

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As we began “doubt” week on Sunday, I have had the same verse from a beloved song ringing through my mind:

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, 
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, 
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; 
drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, 
fill us with the light of day!

Henry Van Dyke originally penned this poem in 1907 hoping to partner it with Beethoven’s final tune in his 9th symphony. Of this song he wrote, “These verses are simple expressions of common Christian feelings and desires in this present time—hymns of today that may be sung together by people who know the thought of the age, and are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy religion, or any revolution on earth overthrow the kingdom of heaven. “

The thought of the age – that nothing can overthrow God’s plans.  
Abraham and Sarah were onto this “thought of the age, ” I think. 

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping--believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, "That's how many descendants you will have!" Romans 4:18 (NLT)

The Biblical account paints a picture of the stalwart faith of this father and mother of nations, despite the giggling.  Who knows how perfect their walk of faith really looked.  We know at least that God was pleased in the end.

God has promised that He will complete every good work He started.  So as I falter with my doubts, I’m reminded this week to remember Him.  Remember his promises.  And though I don’t understand how it will all work out or when. He will “drive the doubt of dark away.” I imagine Abraham and Sarah are enjoying the light show even now – as God fulfills His promise to them.

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