Thursday, December 8, 2016

What Can We Learn From Handel's Messiah

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 

This morning I read a little history about one of the greatest Christian composers~ George Handel.  When he was 56 years old he had come to the end of his career. He had mountains of debts and he was washed up. He feared that he would spend his final days in a debtor's prison. He was down and out. His health was poor and he was in a cloud of depression over his state of affairs.  History does tell us that he was a man of faith and clung to his prayers for it truly was all he had left.

Charles Jennens was an old friend and he decided to ask George to conduct an orchestra for a charity event. It is said that George jumped at the chance not to resurrect his career but to get out of London to avoid his bill collectors.

Jennens idea for the oratorio was to reduce the greatest stories of both the Old and New Testaments  through the life of Christ and put them to music.

Handel spent 24 days writing what would become the famous Handel's Messiah. He once said, " I think I saw all of Heaven before me and the great God himself."  That is just like our God to take a man at his lowest and use him in such a mighty way. He promises when we are weak ~ He is strong.

It is amazing to me that God allowed a man to go through a valley experience in order to mold him and make him into His image to be used in a mighty way. That piece of music has been used greatly throughout all of these years. It has been used to raise millions for those who have been down and out just like George .

Many times we see it in the Bible. Look at Moses. God put him in the wilderness of life to mold him and make him in order to use him. I can look at my own life and see how God allowed circumstances to break me so that I had need of my Saviour and He could work in my life.  If you are in a season of hard times ~allow God to mold and make you so that He may use you to accomplish His will for your life. It is in the valleys that we grow the most and remember that God never wastes pain.

Isaiah 9:6-7King James Version (KJV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.



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