This World Can’t Contend
This world can’t contend with the Son of my God,
It matters not what it tries to do;
Many years ago the paths of men He trod,
He knows the way that leads safely through!
The battles I fight may tax all of my strength,
And it may look as if I will fall,
The victory, I know, will be mine at length,
When I hear the resurrection call!
Sometimes this old world is a frightening place,
Hidden terrors cause my heart to fear;
Dark memories time, it seems, cannot erase,
Each day brings only tear after tear.
Then my mind reflects upon the Saviors face,
Rejoicing as He bids me draw near;
From my heart all sorrow He only can chase,
In His love all my fears disappear.
The death of a loved one brings tears to my eyes,
As I’m left in this world all alone;
I know, but it’s still so hard to realize
To a better world they now have flown.
The body, I know, is all that really dies,
The spirit within lives ever on.
With Jesus His own have a home in the skies
The likes of which this world has not known.
The dark clouds of turmoil oft gather about,
It seems that all I can do is weep;
My faith then wavers as my heart fills with doubt,
And the demons all around me creep.
Just when I am sure that I’ll soon be cast out
Like Jonah in the ship on the deep,
Off in the distance I hear Gabriel shout!
And to faithfulness once more I leap!
It’s true that sometimes I grow weary and weak,
And I do what I know to be wrong;
But I come to myself and His mercy seek,
He forgives and helps me all along.
He’s keeping a book as I live here each day,
A book of all that I say and do;
He sees ev’rything that I do on the way,
He knows if I am faithless or true.
The chapter that counts in this book is the last,
What matters most is how my life ends;
The blood of Calvary erases the past,
The wages of my sin it rescinds.
I’ve now put my faith in His mighty power,
I’m walking in the pathway of light;
I patiently wait for that blessed hour
When He’ll call me to heavenly flight!
H. L. Gradowith