Covenant Prayer Lenten Devotional: Week 7

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Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

            Over Christmas break, I went on a trip with my mother to London. It was there that I got the privilege of seeing the new hit musical Hamilton. I was so excited. I had been listening to the soundtrack for a couple years, and I had fallen in love with it. It was an amazing show and, afterwards, I got the chance to wait in line for autographs from the cast. I was so excited, but I noticed that some of the cast just walked by to their ride without paying attention to the line of excited people. I was astonished and bewildered. In the end, I only got five autographs out of the entire cast and was a little put out.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

What that phrase says to me is “Lord, heavenly Father, I have you and I need nothing else. So, by your will, I will be joyful in you and trust in you whether I have all things, or whether I have nothing!

Whom have I in Heaven but you? And having you,
I desire nothing else on earth. Psalm 73:25.

Our relationship with God is one of trust and faithfulness.  We have to trust that we do not know what is best for us, but that our heavenly Father does, and we must have faith that he will do and provide that which is best for us. Paul wrote in Romans,:

May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

You may know that, for a number of years in Paul’s ministry, he was kept in a Roman prison, and it is there that he wrote most of his letters! He literally has nothing at that point in his life and he still writes about having faith and trust in God! That is what the saying “Let me have all things, let me have nothing” is meant to look like. Another great example is David, whom you may also know had to flee from King Saul before Saul could execute him. David writes in Psalm,

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

It was in his time of fleeing that David truly had nothing - he was sleeping in caves and starving, and it was this that influenced many of the Psalms David wrote, where we can see his faith and trust in God.

            Looking back at the trip I took with my mom, I was so flustered and upset at the time that I looked past the obvious joy standing right in front of my eyes! I got to see a wonderful show that I had been dying to see, and it was amazing. I had become selfish and was being blinded by that greed. I looked past the thought of the memory that was made there with my mother.  It shocks me looking back at it – which is why I love this statement and what it means: Lord, I will trust in you and be joyful no matter what I have or where I am.