One of my favorite Christian bands is Mercy Me and one of my favorite songs they sing is “Even If”. It’s a song addressing God as Lord and Savior with the transparency of a struggling soul full of sorrow and hurt.
The lyrics describe someone who admits being “ye of little faith” as they are held dangerously close to the fiery flames of adversity, yet desire to trust and love God even if He doesn’t move mountains. In the heart of the song rests a verse that implies all the sorrow and hurt could disappear if God would “just say the word”. Yet, even if God doesn’t, it can be well with one’s soul.
Have you ever experienced an “even if” moment or season in your life?
I’ve experienced several “even if” moments. Moments of crisis and panic as well as seasons of long suffering and extended heartache. Moments of potential faith-shattering proportion after which you are never the same.
Moments like the time I pulled my three year old son from the bottom of the shallow end of the pool. A near-drowning that made me face the most difficult “even if” question of my life.
Moments like the time I performed CPR on an eight year old girl who they pulled from a pool in Myrtle Beach. Her family was on vacation. She did not survive. They had to return home without her. A devastating drowning that made me pray unceasingly “even if” prayers for a family I never met.
Moments like the day my family received an SOS call from my brother’s sailboat in the Bahamas. He had been injured while kitesurfing. The injury turned fatal. A potentially faith-shattering call you never want to receive.
Even if moments like these are enough for you to beg God to “just say the word” so all the sorrow and pain will end. And yet, God has spoken.
The Word is Jesus.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 NIV
Jesus is the Word made flesh.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NIV
Jesus is our safe Word.
“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Proverbs 29:25 ESV
Jesus is the Word that comes alive in our spirits as we read His Word.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT
Grace and truth does and will triumph over sorrow and pain because His Holy Word is true.
If you are hurting, struggling, and feel like “ye of little faith” today, just say the Word.
God has spoken. Open your heart to His Word, even if.