Words of hope!
Each morning I go out for a 3 ½ mile walk to get the day started. As I walk, I listen to music over the headset my daughter bought me and downloaded various resources on to. One of the features found on it is a Christian radio station out of Detroit (WMUZ). Recently, during my early day jaunts, I have had the blessing of hearing a pretty neat song called “The God Who Stays” by Christian artist Matthew West. What a powerful song this is about our wonderful God, who has promised to be with us no matter what our situation.
I wanted to find out the motivation behind this artist’s writing and producing of the song I had been hearing and was greatly moved by. I am going to share with you some of the information Matthew West shared in an article written and posted, by Caryn and Jeremy, on the Radio station 90.9 KCBI FM website: The motivation for the song came from the Scripture verse, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.” (Hebrews 13:5 MSG/Message Bible)
The song’s theme is universal for everyone. West shares that each person will come face to face with the feeling of abandonment on some level. “Many times, we can get discouraged in thinking that perhaps God might get fed up with our imperfect lives and leave us, too. I wrote this song in the hopes that it might be a line-by-line reminder that no matter who’s walked out on you in your life, no matter who has left you, there is one who never will. The Bible reminds us over and over again that He is not a god who walks away. He’s the God who pursues. He’s not a god who gives up. He’s the God who persists. He’s not a god who changes His mind. He’s the God who has made up His mind about how much He loves us. He is not a god who leaves. He is the God who stays.”
What a fantastic message for people to be hearing in a day and age when we seem to be having a great deal of difficulty trusting anyone or relying on others to be there for us when we really need them, especially if we have messed up. The song has a section in the chorus that says, “You're the one who runs in my directionWhen the whole world walks away You're the God who stands With wide open arms”. This image and response of God reminds me of the father of the prodigal in Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son.
There is great hope, help, and healing found in no one other than our Loving Lord, the God Who Stays. Let you and me never forget this magnificent message, and may we be willing to share it faithfully and boldly with those we meet, who desperately need to experience hope in their lives! Pastor McCarty