By now I am sure you must all know the ‘I am Thine song’, if not here’s a ‘link’. There is a line in the song that goes “I long to rise in the arms of faith”, and we happily sing it wholeheartedly.
However, few of us know what it really means, myself included until recently.
As someone who struggles to give up control in the littlest most mundane things, I know first hand how difficult it is to let “Jesus take the wheel” and to trust him to catch me in His arms. This can be true at any age but especially so when you’re a teenager like me.
I struggle to give Him control in my life, and I find it nigh on impossible to have faith in Him to do what’s best for me in it, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Now that in itself is a problem.
By now you hopefully know that in singing songs to Yahuah, we are actually praying. And in singing them we are making a cry to Him. So when you tell Him you are ‘longing to rise in the arms of faith’, you best believe He’s going to answer that prayer, TRUST me.
So what are we saying when we are making this prayer?
Firstly, we must understand what faith is. In the English dictionary faith is described as having complete trust or confidence in someone or something. And in Hebrew (the language of the Old Testament) it means to trust in and rely upon, commit to the charge of, or confide in someone or something - in this case Yahuah.
That’s a big ask when you’re on the journey to adulthood, and still finding your place in the world.
You are basically confiding in Him, and committing charge of your life to Him. The arms of faith are Yahusha’s arms. Only Yahuah can draw you to Him, so only His arms can lift you nearer. But if you want to be in His arms of faith, you must give up control, and rely upon Him for every aspect of your life. [Galatians 2:20]. Easier said than done, right?
The thing is, when you are in Yahuah’s army, if you are going to say it, you have to do it. When you tell Him that giving up control of your life to Him is what you long for, so you may be closer to Him, He’s going to hold you to your word.
Rising in the arms of faith, giving control of your life to Yahuah so He can draw you nearer is a difficult part of our journey to Him. But it’s essential and you will not regret it. Remember he made you, He knew you before you were even in your mother’s womb, [Jeremiah 1:5], so surely He knows what is best for you. I’m still learning to do this myself.
Next time you are singing this song, think about what you are singing, remember that you are praying, and know that He is listening. He will answer [Matthew 7:7].
Esther Weedon (15 years)