I love the new song, “All of Me” by Matt Hammitt. I’m sure some of you may already know the story behind the song but I will briefly describe it here for those of you who don’t. I myself wasn’t quite sure at first when I heard the lyrics, what exactly they meant, so I went online to do some research. Back in September of 2010, Matt’s wife Sarah gave birth to a baby boy named Bowen. Detected in an ultrasound before he was born, Bowen had a congenital heart defect, in which the left side of his heart was seriously underdeveloped. Afraid of what might happen and the pain that it might entail, Mark had to decide to love this child before he was born, no matter what the outcome or pain it would bring, knowing that God had a purpose and a plan in all of this. Hence the song “All of me” was written. Bowen has already undergone two heart surgeries the first of which happened only days after he was born. He barely survived the surgery, but God had miraculously brought him through. A third surgery will again be scheduled for Bowen sometime between 2-3 years of age. If you’d like to hear more of Bowen’s story, you can do so at: http://bowensheart.com/our-story/.
How do we react when hardships and obstacles come into our lives? Matt’s song and testimony gives us a glimpse into the heart of God and what He wants from us. God wants complete submission to his will for our lives, which requires complete trust in God. God’s word tells us that as partakers of his divine nature, that we will suffer with Christ (Romans 8:17). Are we willing to trust Him completely no matter what the circumstance? We say yes, we love you God, yes, we trust you God, but when pain and suffering hit us at our tenderest points, are we willing to trust Him then?
Some pain and suffering is a direct result of our sin, but that is not always the case. We learn from scripture, that not all suffering is a result of our own sin . . . Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed him” (John 9:1-3) Regardless of the cause of suffering, God wants to reveal himself to us “through” our suffering.
If we turn our eyes off of our circumstances and look to Jesus, He can help us to see that he has a greater plan for our lives and that in our suffering, we can trust him completely. Suffering and pain develops inner strength and character. This is God will for us. So how do we react to suffering? God wants us to turn to him, to seek his face (Jeremiah 29:13) and in doing so he can be found. God wants us to endure and faint not through suffering. But we say . . . How can I endure this lot that I’ve been given? What have I done to deserve this? The answer may very well be nothing at all, but will we trust God, knowing he loves us and desires the best for our lives? His word says . . . I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to proper and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). God desires the best for us and if we will trust him in our suffering, he will see us through it. Let us look to the lives of David, Paul, and Job among so many others in the bible, they trusted God completely and that’s how they were able to surrender completely and say, “God you can have “all of me,” I surrender to you.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:1-5
Father God thank you for the testimony of Matt Hammott’s life. Thank you that you gave yourself as a perfect example of how we are to react during suffering. Father God you were tested and tried just as we are. The punishment of my sin and the world’s were laid upon you. Help us to rejoice knowing we can partake in your sufferings. Help us to endure suffering knowing that you are working in us that which you desire. And father God in spite of my weaknesses and flaws, you still want “all of me” and my complete surrender to you. Help us to willingly lay down our lives for your sake and to take up our cross and follow you. All glory to you sweet Jesus. AMEN
“All of Me” by Matt Hemmitt